Woman accused of stealing $34,000 from youth leagues

The treasurer for three Federal Way youth football and baseball leagues has been charged with 10 counts of theft, accused of stealing nearly $34,000 from the leagues.

Prosecutors allege Colleen A. Wiley, 33, wrote unauthorized checks and an unauthorized wire transfer totaling $33,967.20.

According to charging papers, the Federal Way woman stole the money from the three leagues between August 2007 and January 2009.

Wiley is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Federal Way police say Wiley admitted she took $10,000 to get her house out of foreclosure, but denied taking more than that amount.

The thefts were discovered in February when Puget Sound Junior Football League Commissioner Klaus Nalley reported to police that Wiley signed 10 checks totaling $9,241.72 not authorized by the league’s board.

Nalley then notified two other leagues where Wiley was treasurer. Both leagues also discovered thefts.

In March, Robert Clinton, vice president of the Federal Way American Little League, reported four unauthorized checks written by Wiley and one missing concession deposit. The Little League’s total loss was $6,888.03, court documents state.

In April, Mike Barnhart, president of the Federal Way Junior Football Hawks, reported 10 unauthorized checks and a wire transfer of $4,000 to a bank’s residential operation. He said all the checks were signed by Wiley.

Wiley initially denied any knowledge of missing money or unauthorized checks. But later she admitted writing three checks totaling $10,000 – one for each league – to get her home out of foreclosure, charging papers state.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Wiley on Thursday with four counts of first-degree theft and six counts of second-degree theft.