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Former Hopatcong Youth Soccer Head Gets 5 Years Probation for Stealing $18K

Matthew Simon, 40, must also make full restitution to the Hopatcong Hawks Soccer Club.

The former president of a Hopatcong youth soccer club has been sentenced to five years probation for stealing nearly $20,000 from the league for personal use and to bankroll a trip to Disneyland.

Matthew Simon, 40, was ordered to pay all $18,000 back to the Hopatcong Hawks Soccer Club with monthly payments of $300 and he must serve 30 days in the Sussex County Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program, according to NJ.com.

Simon and his girlfriend, Stacey Siegel, 37, were each indicted on theft charges in September 2011. The charges against Siegel, who was the club's treasurer, were dismissed when Simon testified under oath she had no knowledge of the thefts.

Simon purchased airline tickets, made hotel accommodations, rented a car, bought gas and made several ATM withdrawals using Hopatcong Hawks funds while on vacation with Siegel and their children in 2010.

Simon, whose probation can be cut to just two years if he makes restitution in that time, said at his sentencing on Friday that he was suffering financial difficulties at the time of the thefts, according to NJ.com.
ocean111 July 01, 2014 at 05:58 AM
The fact that it took 4 years to get to this just shows how are justice system is, crazy
BeachBum July 01, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Justice system is pathetic - This sentence to this loser is why people continue to break the law, sentences are too light!
roadrunner July 01, 2014 at 11:52 AM
He took all the blame to protect his girl friend from loosing her job as a teacher. She was the treasurer and his girl friend. As for his excuse that he needed the money - it was not to pay to provide for his families basic needs (heat, food, house), it was to take his girl friend on vacations (get laid). He took from the kids and their hard working families. The other victims in this are his/her kids who go to school in town.
Roseanne Marie S. July 01, 2014 at 01:43 PM
If I were that judge during sentencing when he said he was having financial difficulties at the time of the theft, I would have given him a probation violation before it even started and sent him and his pity party to jail. He didn't take from our boroughs children to save his home from foreclosure, pay medical bills, or buy food that didn't come from a Disneyland restaurant. He instead went on a 1st class vacation with his children at the expense of ours. As roadrunner said I don't believe that his girlfriend didn't know. Regardless of marriage or not, they live together as a family and we are expected to believe she didn't notice that they went from dead broke to Disneyland. The sad part is that even though they escaped with a slap on the wrist, it's their children that will have to deal with the fallout from what they did if they still live in town. I can't decide if this whole thing disgusts me or saddens me the most.

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