Treasurer of a Murray Bridge sporting club arrested for theft

A 33-year-old Murray Bridge man has been arrested and charged with theft after he allegedly abused his authority as the treasurer of a Murray Bridge sporting organisation for his own benefit.

The man was charged with five counts of deception and three counts of theft involving $6935.65 allegedly taken between January and May this year.

He was bailed to appear in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on July 18 this year.

The president of the local organisation claimed $6935.65 had been taken through unauthorised transactions as well as not banking cash into the organisation’s account.

He said the incident had affected the organisation negatively by tarnishing the great work it had achieved over the summer.

“The (organisation) has been excluded from an award that it was a finalist for this summer due to the indiscretions by the treasurer,” he said.

He said a relative of the accused treasurer repaid the missing money.

In the hope of avoiding a similar scenario in the future, he said the organisation’s board would always look for better practices.

“Unfortunately you need a certain amount of trust in your volunteers ... our processes that are in place meant this was picked up very quickly and dealt with accordingly,” he said.

“Our board will always look for better practices to ensure nothing like this happens again to the best of our ability.”

He said the organisation’s treasurer was suspended until the next annual general meeting as soon as the board was made aware of the misappropriation of funds.

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