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Macon swim club treasurer accused of embezzling thousands

The treasurer of the Macon Waves swim club is accused of embezzling $30,000 from the parent-run nonprofit organization, according to a Macon police report released Tuesday.

Mike Switzer, of Windsor Road, confessed he took $20,755 from Macon Waves by using the team’s credit/debit card to buy food, groceries, clothing, school supplies and other items, according to a letter written to parents and the board of directors dated April 6 that’s attached to the police report.

In the letter, Switzer apologized and said he and his wife are seeking financial counseling to determine how he can pay the money back.

The police report makes no mention of Switzer’s wife. He’s the only suspect named.

Contacted by The Telegraph on Tuesday, Switzer declined to comment.

Macon Waves president Cliff Money said no money has been paid back to the club. He said Switzer has been treasurer for two years.

The police report, filed by Money, reflects the theft as being $30,000.

“The value is still undetermined,” Money said.

Money said the club still is operating and the children it serves, aged 4 to 18, still are attending swim meets.

Macon Police Sgt. Melanie Hofmann said no arrests have been made in connection with the repor,t which was received by detectives Tuesday.

She said the allegations are being investigated.

Macon Waves was founded as a summer program in 1975 by the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Department, according to the organization’s Web site.

The following year, parents were asked to form an association to manage the team with the recreation department’s continued sponsorship. Within a few years, the team evolved into a year-round activity, according to the Web site.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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