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League president: Youth football league $7K in debt after embezzlement

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SANDY, OR (KPTV) -

A former treasurer for the Sandy Youth Football (SYF) League is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars.

Sandy police said Susan Farness, 42, turned herself in at the Clackamas County Jail on April 4 for having an active warrant following a grand jury indictment.

Farness was indicted on nine counts of first-degree theft, five counts of second-degree theft and 28 counts of identity theft.

Her bail was set at $75,000. She was released the same day after posting bail, officers said.

Farness served as treasurer for the SYF league from January 2011 until her resignation from the board in July 2012.

Police accused her of embezzling more than $23,000 from the league during her tenure as treasurer.

League co-president Teresa McKinnis said the problem was first discovered last July when one of the board members tried to buy equipment for the players. McKinnis said Farness told the board member the league still had outstanding bills and couldn't afford the equipment.

Once board members notified police about their suspicions about Farness, officers said they discovered she had stolen thousands of dollars.

The league is still about $7,000 in debt going into the 2013 football season. That means it can no longer offer scholarships to players who can't afford to play.

If Farness is convicted of the crime, the league will get to keep the $7,500 that Farness paid in bail money.

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