Former South Arm worker pleads guilty

The man long suspected of having taken some $200,000 from the South Arm Community Association, pled guilty in Richmond provincial court on Wednesday morning to one count of theft over $5,000.

Robert Michael Minoru Yoneda, 38, will be sentenced on March 12, 2014.

His lawyer, Vince Michaels, declined to comment.

The allegations date back to 2006, when Yoneda was working as a coordinator at the South Arm Community Centre who had access to cash and the power to approve billings.

The Richmond Review first learned of the allegations in early 2012 following a tip from the public about the missing funds.

The disclosure led the City of Richmond to reveal administrators were first informed of some financial irregularities involving funds belonging to the association in the fall of 2011.

The city launched its own investigation and immediately suspended the city employee, who was subsequently terminated.

In 2012, Debbie Judd was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 from the Richmond Youth Soccer Association. She had served as chair and treasurer of the association between 1998 and 2003, and also pled guilty to redirecting the association's funds for her personal use.

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