Ex-York USA soccer league treasurer to plead guilty to stealing $65K
The former treasurer of the York USA youth soccer league is expected to plead guilty next month to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the league over a several-year period.
Timothy A. Herman, 52, of the 2100 block of Poplars Road in Dover Township, appeared in York County Court on Wednesday, Aug. 28, for a scheduled restitution hearing, although the criminal case against him remains active.
Instead of moving forward with the hearing, defense attorney Chris Ferro and deputy prosecutor Jennifer Tobias told the judge both sides had reached an agreement.
They asked presiding Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock to set a date for a guilty-plea hearing, which he scheduled for Sept. 16.
Tobias said Herman has agreed to plead guilty in the case and pay $65,193 in restitution to the York Unified Soccer Association (York USA). She did not say what charge or charges Herman is expected to plead guilty to.
She said his punishment will be five years of probation.
The plea agreement is contingent upon Herman giving the soccer league a check for $17,500 at the plea hearing and making restitution payments of $100 per month, Tobias said.
Herman actually stole $93,000 from York USA, but as part of his negotiated plea agreement he will be required to pay back $65,193, Tobias told the judge.
When asked by Judge Trebilcock, soccer league official Cindy Mullin said that while the agreement isn't what league officials would ideally want, it's acceptable.
Pay or be jailed: Trebilcock warned Herman that if the deal goes through, slacking on his monthly restitution payments isn't an option.
"I'm not going to tolerate that whatsoever in this case," the judge said, adding Herman must pay monthly "as if his freedom depends on it. Because it does."
Ferro previously told The York Dispatch that his client was cooperative and forthcoming with the investigation into his thefts "before these charges were even filed."
York USA has its headquarters on Industrial Highway in Springettsbury Township, and it was Springettsbury Township Police who investigated.
The league notified police in December 2017 that officers had become suspicious of Herman's accounting practices in July 2017. Herman had been the league's sole treasurer since 2005, court documents state.
Board members reviewed the league's finances, specifically its money-market and checking accounts, police said.
They reported to police that in August 2011, there was about $68,600 in the money-market account, but that by October 2017, that number had dropped to about $89, according to documents.
'Got behind' on debt: Herman, who is no longer treasurer of York USA , spoke with police in June 2018 and said he had sole access to the league accounts, police have said.
He admitted to writing unauthorized checks and making unauthorized withdrawals from York USA's accounts "over the years," documents state.
"Herman stated that he got behind on his personal credit cards," court documents state. "As time progressed, the frequency of the thefts increased as Herman indicated that he 'could not get his head above water' financially."
Herman told investigators the thefts began sometime around 2011 and increased in frequency around 2015, documents state.
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