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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:57 am | Updated: 8:58 am, Tue Mar 19, 2013.

PALMER, Alaska - A hockey coach has pleaded not guilty to theft and forgery.

KTUU-TV ( says that James Donald Smith Jr. is a Mat-Su hockey coach accused of using money earned from charitable gaming permits to fund his own for-profit venture.

Smith, who appeared Monday in Palmer Superior Court, is accused of forging signatures and documents and taking more than $48,000 in funds.

The Alaska State Hockey Association, which governs local hockey leagues, has decided to keep Smith as the coach of the junior Avalanche bantam tier-two hockey team for now, and see how the case turns out.

The Mat-Su School District says it will keep Smith on as a teacher and hockey coach, but will review its own financial records to ensure school funds have been managed appropriately.

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