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Sandy woman jailed on accusations of theft from youth sports

Susan M. Farness of Sandy is suspected of taking $23,000


A Clackamas County Grand Jury has indicted Susan M. Farness, 42, Sandy, and she was arrested April 4 and booked into the Clackamas County Jail on 42 counts of first and second degree theft and identity theft.

by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Susan M. FarnessThe charges stem from an accusation of embezzling about $23,000 from the Sandy Youth Football League, said Sandy Police Detective Jason Bickle.

Farness was treasurer of the youth sports league for about 18 months, from January 2011 to July 2012, when the league’s board asked her to resign. Also fired (in July 2012) from his position as president of the board was Chris Jelinek, who was the only other person authorized to sign league checks. Jelinek has not been charged.

Prior to the July 2012 emergency board meeting, when the two were asked to leave their positions, the league received a notice from one of its equipment vendors that there was an outstanding bill of more than $7,000 from the previous year.

At the same time, the organization’s bank account was nearly empty.

That was the notice the board needed to suspect mismanagement of funds.

Stepping in at that time to assist the board was former board president Teresa McKinnis, who is continuing this year as co-president with Nate Rotzien.

Sandy Police officers were called in, and that nearly yearlong investigation resulted in the recent grand jury indictment.

Farness bailed out of jail, with a payment of $7,500, the same day she turned herself in on the warrant that resulted from the grand jury’s indictment.

A date for Farness’ arraignment has not yet been set, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Wu, who is prosecuting this case.