Near $1M drained from youth hockey league

Feb. 17, 2009 at 7:25 PM
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A humble youth hockey league in Michigan apparently was well-heeled enough that its bookkeeper was able to embezzle nearly $1 million, police say.

Kimberly Knight, 45, of Chelsea was arrested for allegedly siphoning $934,000 from the Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association since 2005 and splurging on a Cadillac Escalade, vacations and jewelry.

The Detroit News reported Tuesday that Knight allegedly even used pilfered funds to buy a dump truck for her family's business.

"Sometimes the withdrawals were daily," said Pittsfield Township Police Det. Jami Grigal. "Ten thousand (dollars), $8,000, $6,000, $17,000."

The News said the leadership of the hockey organization assumed there was plenty of money in the coffers and became suspicious when a check bounced in 2007.

The News said the hockey league has served young players in the Ann Arbor area for more than 50 years. Its finances have been so solid it was considering building its own ice arena. The alleged embezzlement is not expected to impact operations.

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