Updated: 07/24/2014 10:04 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 9:17 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls
The Dakota County Attorney's Office charged Robert Steven Reischauer with felony theft for allegedly stealing $113,000 from the Rosemount Area Athletic Association (RAAA).
Investigators say Reischauer allegedly pilfered the money over a two-year period "by fraudulently writing checks to himself and paying for his PayPal and Amazon accounts with RAAA funds." Investigators say Reischauer is accused of doing it while he was employed as the finance manager for the RAAA.
The RAAA President found a sliver of good news for association members throughout this unexpected financial crisis.
RAAA President, Heidi Kraemer, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS not a single child or single team will be turned away, and costs for playing will not go up.
Kraemer says the RAAA members were "devastated" when they found out one of their own, Reischauer, was charged with the crime. Reischauer had been an association member, and was co-founder of the sports charity for 27 years, according to Kraemer.
"We never saw this coming," she said.
Kraemer says RAAA has taken steps to prevent this "type of thing from ever happening again and we have better checks and balances already in place."
Reischauer will make his first court appearance in August.
Dakota County Attorney, James Backstrom, says this type of crime against youth sports organizations is on the rise. Backstrom says charitable groups need to make sure there is more than one person in charge of the money. He also says an independent audit each year will help make sure crimes like these do not occur.