Walla Walla man accused of stealing from swim club

Geoffrey Forcum allegedly stole more than $3,000 from the Walla Walla Swim Club while serving as its president.

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WALLA WALLA -- A local man serving as president of the Walla Walla Swim Club is accused of stealing more than $3,000 from the organization earlier this year.

Geoffrey E. Forcum was charged this week in Superior Court with five felonies. The charges, filed Wednesday, include one count of second-degree theft and four counts of forgery.

Forcum, 38, of 35 Buttonquail Lane, allegedly started writing checks to himself on the swim team's account in early May. In September, the club's treasurer, Pam Klem, reported to police the questionable checks and withdrawals. She also discovered that Forcum forged her name on several checks, according to a police report by Detective Marlon Calton that was filed in court.

Forcum allegedly stole $3,034.56 by writing six checks between May 7 and Sept. 17.

The report says Forcum told Calton in October that at times he needed money, but paid it back. There was no record of Forcum having returned money, according to Calton's report. "Forcum stated what he did was wrong."

He also told Calton that some of the checks were to reimburse himself for swim club expenses, the report says.

Forcum hasn't been arrested, but is being summoned to court Jan. 11 for his first appearance on the charges. If eventually convicted as charged, he faces a standard-range sentence of up to 60 days in the County Jail.

The nonprofit swim club "is a USA Swimming year round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities," according to its Web site. Its goal is to help members improve their swimming skills and achieve competitive success.

Forcum -- who was in a partnership in the now-defunct Blue Mountain Builders -- was removed from the club's presidency at the end of September or the first part of October, Calton said in an interview.

Scott Beckstrand is identified on the club's Web site as vice president/president (pro tem).

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319. -

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