Former hockey association treasurer enters plea deal
The former treasurer of an Anchorage youth hockey association accused of stealing more than $150,000 from the league has entered into a plea agreement.
Jennifer Suchan, 33, was charged with wire fraud after she forged the signature of a hockey association board member on over 140 checks, which all were made payable to herself, according to charging documents.
The former treasurer deposited approximately a total of $157,079 in forged checks into her Alaska USA bank account between 2015 and 2017, authorities say, plus deposited $7300 in Hockey Association checks into her personal account using her own signature and withdrew $14,000 in cash. The total is $170,353, which is what Suchan will have to pay in restitution as part of her plea agreement.
Suchan agreed to pay $20,000 at the hearing entering her guilty pleas. "If the defendant pays another $20,000 prior to sentencing, the United States agrees to continue [the] sentencing for up to a total of six months from the date of the entry of guilty pleas," the agreement reads.
"Suchan made the checks payable to herself and she created false entries on the memo line of the forged checks to make it appear the checks were written for legitimate Hockey Association expenditures," charging documents read.
The association, managed by volunteers, is the nonprofit youth hockey organization for the Chugiak and Eagle River areas. It has about 500 members with players between the ages of 4- and 18-years-old.
On June 19, an association member told police while reviewing bank records, he noticed funds were improperly withdrawn from its Wells Fargo Bank account.
Investigators say Suchan used the funds to pay for personal bills, including her mortgage and car payment, as well as to take her family on vacations to Alyeska and Disney.
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