A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for an Aldie couple charged with embezzling over $50,000 from Loudoun-based youth soccer club Old Dominion F.C.
Jeffrey J. Kern, 40, and his wife, Berkeley C. Kern, 46, are due in Loudoun County General District Court on March 31 at 1 p.m. They are facing a combined seven charges of embezzlement.
Attorneys Stephen Graeff and William Fitzpatrick represent Jeffrey Kern and Berkeley Kern, respectively. The lawyers appeared before General District Court Judge Deborah C. Welsh Friday morning for scheduling.
Old Dominion F.C. previously employed Jeffrey Kern as a coach for several of its travel teams, which allowed him access to each team's bank accounts, according to authorities. His wife, a volunteer with the club, was an authorized user of one of those accounts.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's Financial Crimes Unit launched an investigation after the club reportedly discovered irregularities in the accounts. LCSO officials say the Kerns were determined to have accessed money from the accounts for personal use several times between 2015 and December 2018.
After turning themselves over to authorities on Dec. 19, 2019, Jeffrey Kern and Berkeley Kern were charged with five counts and two counts of embezzlement, respectively. They were later released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on bond.