first_imgThe former business manager for the Salmon Creek Soccer Club who stole tens of thousands of dollars from the club was given a seven-month sentence Monday. She may be able to serve the sentence through the jail’s work release program, however.Michelle Lee Steiger, 45, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree theft. The club said that Steiger stole about $55,000 over the course of about three years. However, she disputes that amount, and her attorney, Therese Lavallee, said Monday the amount is closer to $18,000 to $20,000.Steiger had been a volunteer with the club for more than 15 years and more recently served as the business manager for several years. She was responsible for signing up players and collecting their fees, paying club bills and managing the club’s account, according to a probable cause affidavit.In November 2015, the president of the soccer club told authorities that Steiger was replaced as business manager after parents and vendors complained of numerous financial mistakes and nonpayments. Steiger also had stopped attending board meetings and failed to provide financial reports, the affidavit states.The board later discovered numerous electronic payments from the club’s bank account to Steiger’s personal bank account. And parents began reporting that they paid cash for their children’s soccer registration, but the children were not signed up as expected, and there was no record of their payment, court records said.last_img