Soccer club official stole funds, police say

GLOVERSVILLE – The former treasurer of the Fulton United Soccer Club was charged this morning with stealing more than $13,000 from the club from 2007 through 2011, city police said.

Sandra Yost, 45, of 129 West Bush Road, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony.

Police said she spent the money for personal use and fraudulently issued numerous checks to family members during her tenure as treasurer.

Yost is the wife of Fulton County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost, who declined comment this morning.

Sandra Yost was awaiting arraignment this morning in City Court.

City Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said the soccer club did an audit and provided figures to city police, who then provided them to the state police financial crimes unit. The state police unit then conducted an investigation, the chief said.

VanDeusen would not say how Yost allegedly accessed the club’s accounts.

He also would not say what Yost allegedly bought with the money.

“We will look into seeing if anyone else has any involvement with this criminal activity and to what degree,” VanDeusen said.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible, police said.

Authorities have been investigating the alleged theft since last year.

VanDeusen said officials from the soccer club filed a complaint about missing money around March 2012.

Fulton United Soccer Club Recreational President Jim Yanno previously said the league noticed the funds were missing after a routine review.

The soccer league serves about 500 children in Fulton County.

Fulton United Soccer Club Recreational Soccer shares a portion of its name with the Fulton United Soccer Club Travel Soccer, but the two are separate organizations.

In response to the investigation, Jon Caraco, co-president of the FUSC-Travel, previously stated, “We are the Fulton United Soccer Club-Travel Soccer, our official name with the IRS. We would like to formally state that we are an organization not affiliated with the Fulton United Soccer Club-Recreation Soccer. … The clubs have separate boards of directors, separate mission statements and separate finances.”

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