WAUKESHA - Two
former presidents of the New Berlin Soccer Club have been
charged with stealing funds from the organization over a period
of four years from 2009 into 2013.
42, of Burlington, was charged with one count of theft in a
business setting and faces up to 10 years in prison if
convicted. Melanie Gretzon, 43, of New Berlin, was charged with
four felony counts of theft in a business setting and one count
of misdemeanor theft. Both women are to appear in court Feb. 24.
could be reached for comment Thursday evening.
complaints against the women said a board member of the club, a
satellite of the Milwaukee Kickers, informed the parent
organization last April that he’d been contacted by one of the
club’s banks when an account was overdrawn. Statements showed a
number of unauthorized check and debit card transactions from
accounts used for paying coaches and other costs, including a
large tournament in the fall.
police that in 2009 she was president of the group and Gretzon
was treasurer, and when she received bank statements showing
purchases made with a debit card that was supposed to be for
emergency use only, she spoke to Gretzon and said Gretzon should
take care of them.
against Gretzon said she used club funds for a variety of
transactions, from area restaurants and gasoline purchases to
things bought over the Internet from Amazon and NFL.com, as well
as spa treatments, utility and cellphone bills and mortgage
payments. From August 2009 to March 2013, she was accused of
stealing $70,831, the complaint against her said.
accused of writing several checks for unauthorized purchases
from February 2008 to January 2010, during which time she was
the club’s treasurer. She admitted to police last May that many
of the checks were for personal use, the complaint said, adding
she stole a total of $12,690.
police she wanted to pay restitution, the complaint said.
stated that in late 2009, she attempted to confess to the theft
to Melanie Gretzon, who was president of the New Berlin Soccer
Club at that time,” the complaint against her said. “Ms. Gretzon
told (Olson) that they did not want to make a big deal out of
it. (Olson) was dismissed from the soccer club in early 2010 and
was never contacted again by a representative of the soccer
Kickers have 13 affiliated clubs, involving more than 7,000
youths across the metropolitan area. After the women were
arrested last May, Milwaukee Kickers Executive Director Alvaro
Garcia-Velez said the organization has made some changes, such
as having its paid staff rather than volunteers manage accounts
for the affiliates.
said at that time there was no lapse in services for children.