Ex-VP of Youth Soccer Club Charged with Stealing From Organization

Sean Corry, 46, is alleged to have stolen "thousands" from the Glen Rock Shooting Stars Soccer Club over a period of two years.

The former vice president of the Glen Rock Shooting Stars Soccer Club is facing charges of theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the organization, according to the .

Wednesday with 3rd degree theft by deception, according to Glen Rock Police Cpt. Jonathan Miller.

The youth soccer club wrote a letter Wednesday to parents and coaches stating that a "significant amount of money" had been "misappropriated", dating as far back as Sept. 2010.

"In the past few weeks, the club became aware of suspected embezzlement activity in our bank account," Shooting Stars president Declan Daly wrote in the July 24 letter. "The suspected fraudulent activity was uncovered during the transition of new board member responsibilities, and spanned a period of two years."

It's not clear how much money was allegedly lifted from the youth soccer club's coffers, but Miller said the theft charge stipulates a sum between $500 and $75,000. The investigation remains open and the report has not been finalized, but Miller said Corry is believed to have taken "several thousand dollars."

"We're still going through all the books," he said, adding that "he [Corry] was extremely remorseful and very cooperative with authorities."

Corry declined to comment when reached Thursday afternoon. He was processed on Wednesday and released on his own recognizance. He faces an upcoming court date of Aug. 7, Miller said.

The youth organization fields more than a dozen competitive club teams and counts hundreds of members, many coming from Glen Rock.

Corry, previously the board treasurer, had been elected vice president at the June 27, 2012 meeting. He was to be the point person for indoor soccer and field maintenance and was also a coach, the group stated on its website.

Details as to how the money went missing remain unclear. Daly, the club president, said he couldn't offer much in the way of details for fear it would "jeopardize the investigation."

However, he told Patch in an e-mail that the travel youth soccer club had cut ties with one board member, though he did not identify the individual and declined to answer further questions.

In the letter addressed to parents and coaches, Daly said club operations would not be hindered by the "misappropriations," and said steps have been taken to prevent future mistakes.

"As we move forward…and we will, our core mission for Shooting Stars will remain to provide the youth of Glen Rock and surrounding towns with a fun, competitive and safe environment in which they can build and develop their skills as soccer players as well as a general sense of the game, teamwork, sportsmanship, values, and overall confidence."

Correction: Corry was previously the treasurer prior to becoming the vice president.

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Ben Dover July 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM
If this guy was black or Latino we'd be having a very different discussion here. We would automatically assume he is guilty. But no. This guy is white. Innocent until proven guilty. The guy got nailed. Period. He danced now he has to pay the fiddler.
Dennis Martinez July 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I am currently the Treasurer of 2 not for profit organizations. In both cases prior to my assuming the positions, there was very limited oversight; the checks and balances occurring no greater than a one time annual basis and I insisted on that being changed. Unfortunately whether it is the Girl Scouts or any Community organization, there needs to be a formal process in place to insure that the odds of any criminal activity is minimized; regretably many persons involved in these activities assume that there is little chance of it happening...but it does happen and far too often. They should also invesitgate whether the Club carried a fidelity bond to see if there is an opportunity to recover the loss
John Hahn July 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Something to consider: Another GR man (39) was recently charged by the Feds with a ponsi-scheme. http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/glen-rock-man-charged-in-alleged-ponzi-scheme Yet there is no one defending him as a good man, father etc. It is hard for some to deal with the news that a person that has done good may also have done illegal things. When a person we know is accused of a crime we have to re-think what we know about this person. It is sad for all involved especially his children.
John Hahn July 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Good point, Laurie. I know others disagree, but I dislike the fact that you can post anonymously. Some say they would not change what they write if there name were posted. I tend to disagree.
Inigo de Loyola July 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Apsolute power corrupts apsolutely.
RdgwdGRock July 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM
This just in; his lawyer states: 1) It's that damn excel auto-sum feature that messed him up. 2) He was horsing around. 3) He likes kids, and would never do this. 4) He will make it up once he hits the lottery. 5) You trusted me, so what? Get a life.
Gary Stevens July 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I agree with you Patricia. Being accused of something, does not make you guilty of that thing. If and when it is a proven fact, then identities should be released, but certainly not before. Patch and the press should be embarrassed by their lack of ethics and good sense.
Gary Stevens July 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I agree with you Patricia. Being accused of something does not make you guilty of that thing. If and when it is a proven fact, then it would be ok to release identities. PATCH and the press should be embarrassed by their lack of ethics and good sense.
James Kleimann July 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
@Gary Stevens I've written several times that he's innocent until proven guilty and have very clearly stated that not all the facts have emerged. It's an ongoing investigation. He was given an opportunity to comment. He chose not to and that's absolutely his right. Beyond all that, you wrote: "If and when it is a proven fact, then identities should be released, but certainly not before." "Proven fact" would imply a guilty verdict in a court of law. You're saying those accused of crimes should not be identified until a verdict is rendered. Couldn't disagree with you more. I'm not going to debate you because clearly your mind has been made, but I think it's newsworthy to report that police claim a board member of a prominent, local youth soccer organization stole "thousands" of dollars, and subsequently arrested and charged him. I feel the reporting has been balanced, appropriate and ethical, but you disagree.
Fan of Ridgewood July 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
He was arrested by the police for allegedly stealing from a children's organization. He was given an opportunity to comment declined. There is nothing unethical in the media's reporting here.
Elizabeth Cox July 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
@gary stevens- he stated he is remorseful & embarassed- with him making that comment he is GUILTY!!! i think the patch reported properly- and when you are arrested it become public information- just bc he lives in our town we need to watch what we say so we don't "hurt" his feelings- BS- he didn't care about our feelings when he stole our money and used it! and that wonderful person that you thought was so nice- was stealing your hard earned money for himself!!! guess what- he's not so nice!
Fan of Ridgewood July 27, 2012 at 05:30 PM
You're right Laurie. One of the few times you and i agree, John (I know you're the one who stole my penguin!). Anonymous posting brings out some very irresponsible remarks.
Beth Fernandez July 27, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Breaking news should be an earthquake, or a water main break, not an opportunity to embarrass our fellow neighbors and their wives and children. If he did it, it's bad, we can all agree, but I've never known Glen Rock to have a tabloid mentality. I am sad for his family and kids and think we should be sending them love, not gossiping about it. Gross.
Michael Sedon July 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Police reports are public information, and the guy is accused of stealing money from a youth sports group anyway. It's not like he has cancer, and that's getting blasted around the news. He allegedly made a conscious effort to rob those "fellow neighbors" who should be sending him love. His conscious decision to steal should be hung out for everyone to see, and he should be humiliated and ashamed. Maybe anybody else thinking of putting their hand in the til will think twice about it because of this example. The article is factual and therefore not gossip.
Coach July 27, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This guy will get what he deserves! The amount stolen has nothing to do with the act of stealing. All these programs should be policed regularly to protect everyone.
John Hahn July 27, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Penguin? How did an animal from the antarctic get in to this topic. all innuendo.
John Hahn July 27, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Breaking News is just what this story is about. This is a so-called hyper local news gathering organization. This fits their criteria of breaking news. You can complain. Run your own news service. or simply move on. I am sure if there were an earthquake in the RWD/GR area James would be all over that. As for GR being a tabloid mentality, just because we have nice lawns, nice churches, nice high taxes, nice coffee shops does not mean we are not going to be human. Not humane. Human. We look at the wrecked car as we drive by. BTW a bad economy can lead to embezzlement. Who knows what is behind the action. It is sad for his family and the organization.
Fan of Ridgewood July 27, 2012 at 08:50 PM
As i can't stand soccer, i hope we find out he funneled the money to another sport.
Ridgewood Mom July 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I certainly feel sorry for the family, but there is no guarantee that people will behave more civilly under the crude social policing of public opinion by using their real names. Many of the meanest and nastiest comments that we read on the Patch appear under full first and last name. There is a privilege of voice that comes with community prominence, and anonymity gives voice to other unheard opinions. Trolling is one thing, but that is not what has been going on here. Case in point, what is striking about this case is how inconsistently communities enforce moral standards when it comes to a respected community member, in relation to how they generally deal with criminals from the outside. Say, for example, a man from a ghetto somewhere who finds his way to Maple Avenue and helps himself to an iPod from an unlocked car. On the one hand there are calls not to judge a good man's honest moral mistake. On the other, there is moral outrage and discussion about whether more taxes are needed to beef up the police. Yet consider, objectively, which is the more serious transgression. Which one is a more serious violation of the community and its members' trust? Which person was in a position that less sensibly explains their improper behavior? The one who gets to live in a nice community like Glen Rock in the first place, or the one who comes from conditions of relative physical and intellectual poverty?
Ben Dover July 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Soccer is the #1 sport in the world. Baseball is very boring..watching a double-header- ugh!!
RdgwdGRock July 28, 2012 at 04:16 AM
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Joe videodummy July 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Till tipping is an epidemic. Everyone that holds the position of drinking from the coveted cup during the cash counting is guilty of till tipping. This includes all sports teams, little league, boys and girls clubs, pal, tax collectors, municipal worker's, police and fire, the 4H, senior citizen events, and every other organization that collects and counts unregistered cash. 100% of your cash donation or contribution is not going to where it was intended whether it's meant for a burger or for bingo. Your donating for a "general purpose" and their using it for a " general purpose". Very few can drink from the coveted cup consistently, and restrain themselves from till tipping- even if it's only for a soda or a cup of coffee.
Laurie Goodman July 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Would you like to try that again, in English? What exactly are you trying to say?
Mark Richards July 31, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Why should a small town crook not be treated like a big city criminal. Didn't everyone think Bernie Madoff was an upstanding citizen as well --- until he got caught and THEN admitted to it. Who cares if he's cooperating ... he certainly didn't come and turn himself in out of guilt. He stole money from a club for youth sports and he completely new what he was doing while he was doing it. Perhaps things were getting tough and he needed the money to make his mortgage, but what about those parents for whom money was also tight these past few years, and yet they still made allowing this children to play on the Shooting Stars a priority and paid their annual dues? While a "good man" and a "great coach" what he did was very wrong, and he knew it was wrong (and illegal) while he was doing it. If true, he should be held completely responsible for his crime. He most certainly shouldn't be allowed to be involved with youth sports or town affairs ever again, and probably should serve a few days in jail at the least.
OMG!! August 15, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Let's also not forget .... while Mr. Corry is the one that committed a criminal act and must be punished for doing so, we must also question who the President of the Shooting Stars was at that time and how this could have occurred. There was certainly a high level of negligence on the management level of this club ... at a minimum! If not more! I would hope that those individuals have been replaced as well. I'm interested in seeing the details of all of this as things unfold ....
mark neuwirth October 23, 2012 at 04:45 PM
And here, according to the Glen Rock Shooting Stars, is what Mr. Corry stole: 1. $58000 of club funds from the club bank account, essentially bankrupting the club; 2. $15000 of unpaid invoices from vendors (such as UK Elite) and the league where most of the GRSS teams play (Northern Counties Soccer Association ); 3. Checks from parents of the players on his teams were deposited by Mr. Corry into his personal bank account and used for purposes other than what the parents intended. MHN
JAFO October 23, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Greedy SOB! Seeing as he was the club's treasurer, I can see how taking from the club's bank account can go unnoticed. But regarding #3, how does that happen? Assuming he's collecting a few hundred dollars from his players for "team expenses" (i.e. tournaments, equipment, etc), weren't the parent's questioning why they weren't getting anything for their money?
Mike Hunt November 01, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Apparently, after reading this article, the man needs money. So i mailed him a check. And Fernando... I'm coming for ya! What your address by the way?
Keith Verkem December 05, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Shooting stars update http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3627e13f4b3fef2e6c75e7439&id=3fb8b1d9df&e=2be5e4c053
Fernando Dager December 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Mike Hunt -- I ignored your b.s. comment, but you know what? anytime, anywhere!! I'm waiting!!!


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