Trial date set in Walla Walla Swim Club theft

Geoffrey E. Forcum is accused of stealing about $3,000 from the club last year.

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WALLA WALLA -- A local man who served as president of the Walla Walla Swim Club pleaded innocent Monday to stealing more than $3,000 from the nonprofit organization last year.

Geoffrey E. Forcum is scheduled for trial April 20 in Superior Court on five felonies. The charges 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 filed in court.

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

The police report says Forcum told a detective in October that at times he needed money, but paid it back. 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 outcome of his case. If eventually convicted as charged, he faces a standard-range sentence of up to 60 days in the County Jail.

Forcum 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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