Former Terrace-Brier Soccer Club treasurer answers to theft charges today

The woman accused of embezzling $75,000 from the Terrace-Brier Soccer Club is expected to enter her plea today to first-degree theft charges.

Lynn Wyatt worked as volunteer treasurer for the youth soccer club from July 2007 to February 2010. According to court documents, during that time she wrote out more than 100 checks payable to herself. The theft was discovered in March when some of those checks bounced.

After an emergency board meeting, club president Tim Bressler went to Wyatt’s Lynnwood home to obtain more bank records. While discussing the club’s finances with Wyatt, she began to cry. According to Bressler, Wyatt admitted that she had been taking money from the club’s accounts. She estimated the she had taken about $25,000.

Lynnwood police detectives say while interviewing Wyatt, she admitted that she had a spending problem. She said she intended to repay the club when she began taking the money.

The soccer club has mostly recovered since the theft. “We have worked through a majority of the financial issues and are now back in a positive and stable position.” Bressler said in a letter to parents and coaches earlier this year . “The former club treasurer is being cooperative and has paid the club back a substantial sum of the loss, which has bolstered the club’s financial position.”

The club was forced to cut back on the financial assistance it offers to low income families.

Terrace-Brier Soccer Club serves kids in Lynnwood, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

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