Walla Walla man pleads guilty in thefts from swim club

Geoffrey E. Forcum, formerly the club's president, has repaid nearly $5,000 stolen last year.

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WALLA WALLA -- A local man who served as president of the Walla Walla Swim Club pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges in connection with the theft of nearly $5,000 from the nonprofit organization last year.

Geoffrey E. Forcum entered the guilty pleas in Superior Court to two gross-misdemeanor counts of third-degree theft.

He had been accused of five felonies, including one count of second-degree theft and four counts of forgery. But the case was reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas.

Forcum recently repaid the $4,827 that was stolen from the swim club, officials said.

He could face up to a year in the County Jail on each charge when he's sentenced later. The prosecution is recommending a suspended jail term and a total of 30 days on the Department of Corrections work crew.

Officials said Forcum, 38, of 35 Buttonquail Lane, 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 filed in court.

Forcum told a detective in October that at times he needed money, but paid it back. However, there was no record of Forcum having returned money, according to the report. Forcum also said some of the checks were to reimburse himself for swim club expenses, the report says.

Forcum has not been jailed pending the conclusion of his case.

He reportedly was removed from the club's presidency at the end of September or the first part of October.

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

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