Soccer club still wants to know about probe into finances

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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— A year after taking over, the board of directors of a local soccer club is still waiting for police to finish their investigation of the club’s finances, and the large sum of money that can’t be accounted for.

Gloversville police have been investigating the financial records of the Fulton United Soccer Club since early March, said club Vice President Kelli DeMaio.

DeMaio would not discuss details of the investigation, but said the Gloversville-based nonprofit’s new officers asked for the investigation shortly after taking their positions at the beginning of last December.

“It was triggered by the lack of information” on finances, she said.

Detective Mike Jory is handling the investigation; he was not available for comment Monday.

The new officers are President Jim Yanno; DeMaio; Treasurer Lynette Clo; and Secretary Nicole Naselli. DeMaio herself is a former division coordinator with the soccer club. The leadership change occurred when most of the former officers stepped down, she said. She said the former leadership did not meet frequently and did not provide reports on the club’s operations.

“We have not had a lot of parents stay behind when their kids aged out [of the soccer league],” she said. “We had new people who stepped up and are trying to get more parents involved; we are restructuring things. We want to have monthly meetings and have open sessions.”

DeMaio said the new leadership wants to bring more accountability to the organization’s operations. “When we meet, our treasurer provides us with a treasurer’s report. Once the investigation is done, we will sit down with families,” she said. “We want to do the right thing and want to make sure that this is handled the right way.”

The organization has been in operation for at least two decades, DeMaio said. It operates two sessions, a spring session and a fall session. The club has divisions serving children in pre-K to eighth grade.

The club charges a fee of $35 per child per session, or $40 for both sessions. Last year, 523 children from the city and surrounding area participated in the club.

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