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* Kyle Joseph Hoffmann sentenced nine months in Sonoma County Jail for stealing from Healdsburg Youth Soccer League

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Former Healdsburg Youth Soccer League president and treasurer Kyle Joseph Hoffmann was sentenced this morning to nine months in Sonoma County Jail for stealing more than $58,000 from the league over a three-year period. Hoffmann, 38, of Healdsburg, pleaded no contest on May 16 to three felony grand theft charges.

He faced more than four years in prison, but as part of the plea agreement, the prosecution recommended three years’ probation and a maximum nine-month jail sentence if Hoffman paid half the $58,000 before sentencing, Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Brockley said. Hoffman had a check for only $12,200 this morning and Brockley asked Judge Ken Gnoss to remand the defendant into custody, which he did.

Gnoss said he didn’t believe Hoffman had abided by the restitution agreement, and pointed out that he waited until the day of sentencing to make a restitution payment. He then sentenced him to the maximum nine-month term. The thefts involved 71 fraudulent transactions between 2008 and 2010 when Hoffman was president of the league and treasurer for two of those years, Brockley said.

The league serves 300 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 18 in Healdsburg, Geyserville and Alexander Valley. The restitution payments are to be put in a fund for children who cannot afford to play in the league, Healdsburg Youth Soccer League President Mitzi Giron said. After the sentencing, Giron said other fundraising efforts and donations will enable the teams to play soccer this fall.

“We’re still waiting for new uniforms,” Giron said. “I liked him as a person, but he made a huge mistake. It was a huge betrayal of trust,” former leaguer board member Michelle Payne said after the sentencing. Healdsburg Youth Soccer League board members began investigating Hoffmann in August 2010 when several of the league’s checks were returned for insufficient funds, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.

Healdsburg police served search warrants at Hoffmann’s home and several banks during their investigation. Brockley said Hoffman used the money to maintain his family’s lifestyle, which included eating at restaurants and going to movies often on a daily basis. Hoffman expressed remorse in court this morning and said he is working two jobs to make the restitution payments.”I make no excuses for my actions,” he said.

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