A Lebanon woman and former treasurer of the former Lebanon Youth Soccer Association was charged with stealing more than $35,000 from the organization Friday, according to police.
A Wilson County grand jury indicted Bianca Annemarie Thompson, 41, of Lebanon, for theft of property between $10,000-$60,000. She turned herself in Friday morning at the Wilson County Jail and posted a $5,000 bond about 35 minutes later.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said the investigation closed recently after it was opened in January when investigators received a call prompting a look into the association's financial records.
"Countless hours were spent carefully reviewing records before an indictment was obtained," Bowen said.
The Wilson United Soccer League, which started in 2013 and replaced the nearly 20-year-old LYSA, released a statement Friday morning regarding the incident and charges brought against Thompson.
According to the statement, during the closing of the LYSA and the opening of Wilson United, the Wilson United board of directors noticed discrepancies involving invoices and financial statements associated with LYSA. The board then decided to turn over necessary material to Lebanon police.
Jason Moles, president of Wilson United, said the police investigation revealed discrepancies in financial statements from 2010-13, which is the period Thompson was acting treasurer. She resigned from that position when the LYSA closed.
Moles said situations similar to this case are unfortunate, but do exist. He said the Wilson United is completely different from the LYSA and appropriate measures are taken when it comes to financial actions.
The measures include forms that require signatures for all transactions, central financial database software and statements from any transactions. Moles said despite the situation, which wasn’t announced to parents until after the police investigation, the league has seen growth and financial success.
“We’re currently renovating the Hobbs Field for soccer, and we continue to see growth in the number of kids that participate in our league.” Moles said. “We’re doing very well.”
He said he hopes other leagues throughout Wilson County learn from the apparent incident.
“I hope it makes the basketball, football and baseball leagues ask themselves if they’re doing everything the right way and making sure this type of thing doesn’t happen to them. In the end we’re here for the kids.”
Thompson has a court date set for Oct. 13.