Banker embezzled bucks from ball club

Columbia man sentenced for taking more than $30,000 from son's soccer team and youth league

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. â?? A former Columbia bank branch manager was sentenced in federal court for embezzling more than $30,000 from the accounts of a local soccer league and his sonâ??s soccer team, which he coached.

Michael Robert Rettke, 42, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to one year and one day in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Rettke to pay $6,107 in additional restitution (Rettke has already paid $16,720 in restitution).

Rettke pleaded guilty to misappropriation of funds by a bank officer on Dec. 16, 2010. He admitted that, while he was employed as a branch manager at Boone County National Bank, he unlawfully transferred more than $30,000 from the bank accounts of the Central Missouri Soccer League (CMSL) and the Columbia Bears soccer team into his personal bank account for his own use.

Rettke was the treasurer of CMSL, a 15-year-old organization that included 75 soccer teams from mid-Missouri with more than 1,100 players when it dissolved in March 2010.

As a direct result of Rettkeâ??s conduct, CMSL collapsed and there has been no comparable league formed that has been able to take its place.

In addition to his duties with CMSL, Rettke was the coach and administrator of his sonâ??s soccer team, the Columbia Bears.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the FBI, the Columbia Police Department and IRS-Criminal Investigation.