Former soccer board member charged with theft, fraud

A former board member with Estevan Youth Soccer made a first appearance in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday morning, facing two charges involving taking money from the organization.

Aleah McIsaac, 35, of Estevan, has been charged with stealing an amount in excess of $5,000, and fraud in excess of $5,000. The charges cover a period from Jan. 1, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2017.

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Representing herself at her first appearance, McIsaac asked Judge Lane Wiegers for time to hire a lawyer. He set the matter over to March 12 to allow her to do just that.

The charges have not been proven in court.

In a press release, Estevan Youth Soccer said, “The current Estevan Youth Soccer board was formulated at an annual general meeting held in early 2017, and is aware an investigation took place by the Estevan Police Service and that charges have now stemmed from that investigation. Any knowledge of acts done by any previous board member(s) was turned over to the Estevan Police Service for their expertise. The current board has co-operated in full with Estevan Police Service to assist in determining if any issues existed with finances from previous years.

“Any board members mentioned in the court proceedings are not current board members at this time and none of the board members elected in 2017 are under suspicion, charged or accused. Estevan Youth Soccer cannot comment further on the investigation or any charges that have been laid at this time.

“The Estevan Youth Soccer board is working with the Saskatchewan Soccer Association to ensure the most affordable top quality soccer program is provided for the children and youth of Estevan and area to develop their skills, stay active and enjoy 'the beautiful game.' At current time the board of EYS does not foresee any negative impact to the future of the program or future program costs.”

According to its Facebook page, Estevan Youth Soccer has its annual general meeting at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Auditorium 1 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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