Doug Lyn, one of the most popular and respected youth soccer coaches on Long Island. (Photo courtesy of Peter Lyn)

Friends and family of Doug Lyn are giving the long-time popular youth soccer coach a much needed hand.

They have started a GoFundMe page to help Lyn.

Lyn was a victim of bank fraud and identity theft. In October, his business partner, Jason Safford, was sentenced to four years in prison for forging Lyn’s signature on a $1.4 million loan (https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndny/pr/new-york-city-man-sentenced-48-months-bank-fraud-and-aggravated-identity-theft)

“Although the fraudulent loan was ordered to be repaid to the lender, my dad has accumulated expenses during the three-year court case,” Doug’s son, Peter said on the GoFundMe website. “He has no choice but to accept our help to overcome outstanding legal fees and tax bills, past due mortgage payments and insurance and medical bills and other personal expenses that have piled up.”

The fundraising team also includes former Long Island Rough Riders defender Jimmy Walther and The Wheatley School boys soccer coach Steve Cadet.

As of mid-afternoon Monday, $4,000 had been raised toward a goal of $20,000.

To make a donation, visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-for-doug-sello-lyn?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer