Elk River Woman Charged for Embezzling from Local Football Organization

September 14, 2017 10:27 PM

An Elk River woman is facing felony theft charges, after investigators discovered thousands of dollars were missing from a local youth football association's bank account.

Jennifer Bahr, 45, was charged in August with five felony counts of theft and one gross misdemeanor.

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Court documents filed in Sherburne County say Bahr served as the Elk River Youth Football Association treasurer. Investigators found Bahr had used the associations' accounts without permission dozens of times from December 2013 to March 2017.

Charging documents outline amounts of money ranging from $50 to more than $2,300 were withdrawn from the associations account. In total, investigators identified more than $54,000 was used without permission.

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Investigators spoke to Bahr, who admitted to using some of the funds for personal reasons. The complaint states she said she "paid some of her credit cars bills, cable bills and utility bills," with the money.

Bahr also told investigators she "intended to pay the money back."

Parents who recently learned about the criminal charges told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they were stunned.

"It's almost unreal," said Stephanie Bunker, whose son plays sixth grade football in the league. "It's like, come on. To feel like one of our own stole from our own community, it is very disheartening."

Anthony Klotter said his son just started playing in Elk River this season.

"That money is for the kids to learn to play football, not for her to pay bills," Klotter said before a game Thursday night.

Many are now calling for more accountability within the organization.

"It would be nice to see some kind of checks and balance system so that it would never be allowed to go that far again," Bunker said. 

ERYFA President Mike Wilson declined to comment, until the "case is finished up."

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Kirsten Swanson

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