D.A.: Soccer treasurer, accused of stealing $174,000-plus from club, faces 26 felonies

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has charged a former treasurer of a youth soccer club – accused of stealing $174,000-plus from the organization and using some of the money to partially pay for a European trip for her children – with 26 felonies.

Laura Alicia Zellerbach, 41, of Long Beach is scheduled to be in court Friday.

Zellerbach has been charged with one felony count each of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust, attempting to falsify records, money laundering, and 23 felony counts of attempted computer access and fraud.

She faces up to 20 years, eight months in prison if convicted.

Zellerbach, volunteer treasurer of the prestigious Fullerton Rangers Soccer Club from April 2013 to January 2015, had access to team and organization accounts, said Roxi Fyad, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities accuse Zellerbach of transferring funds from Rangers accounts into her personal accounts and then making loans to her business, Zellcorp.

“She is accused of withdrawing over $20,000 for a cashier’s check to partially pay for a European vacation for her children,” Fyad said.

At least one of her children was in the club.

Zellerbach resigned as treasurer after board members of the soccer club, which serves 2,100 players ages 4 to 19, began questioning her about the organization’s finances, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Contact the writer: lponsi@ocregister.com

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