SPOKANE, Wash. - Shawn Meese, 43, faces theft charges for allegedly embezzling nearly $140,000 from the Inland Empire Youth Soccer Association over a year and a half, which nearly bankrupted the organization.
Police said employees from the Youth Soccer Association started investigating their accounts after noticing discrepancies in financial statements starting around June 2011. The employees found that funds had been siphoned from two different Soccer Association bank accounts, without permission, into personal bank accounts belonging to Shawn Meese.
Meese allegedly wrote checks to himself and purchased two cars, firearms, and jewelry which were paid for through his tainted bank account.
Detectives recommended Meese be charged for first degree theft and money laundering.