Rettke sentenced to federal prison for embezzling money from soccer league

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 5:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Michael Rettke was sentenced in federal court Monday for embezzling more than $30,000 from the Central Missouri Soccer League and a local Columbia soccer team, the Bears, which was his son’s soccer team.

According to a news release from David Ketchmark, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Rettke, 42, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole and must pay $6,107 in additional restitution, which is on top of the $16,720 he has already paid. 

In December 2010, Rettke pleaded guilty to misappropriating funds. According to a previous Missourian report, Rettke was a branch manger at the Boone County National Bank in Columbia, where the Central Missouri Soccer League and the Bears maintained accounts.

Rettke used his position at the bank to embezzle money from 2008 to January 2010, according to a 2010 news release from Beth Phillips, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. He transferred money from both the league and his son’s team, which he coached, into his personal account, according to the release.

The Central Missouri Soccer League dissolved in March 2010 and took 75 teams and more than 1,100 players with it.

Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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