A former board member for the Westport Baseball & Softball board is now facing white collar criminal allegations. When a yearly internal audit was performed, $40,000 was allegedly missing from the organization's funds. Connecticut authorities suspect that the man embezzled this money, and he faces a charge of first-degree larceny.
After the audit, the authorities investigated the missing money for several months. Reportedly, in Nov. 2013, "suspicions" lead the authorities to question the man. They claim that the man had the authorization to submit expense reports to be reimbursed as well as order new equipment. These items were allegedly never delivered, many reimbursements were never made and the organization was billed for clinics that supposedly never took place. He is also accused of selling official Westport Baseball & Softball equipment and keeping the money for himself.
The man had reportedly worked in the Little League and Youth Baseball divisions since 2011, and he has 15 years experience in coaching at the high school level. He is also an ordained minister, a child developmental specialist and he works for a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens build character. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the larceny charge.
Since the man's arrest, he has apparently decided to work with the authorities during their investigation. Cooperating with the Connecticut authorities along with his good community service could work to the man's advantage as he prepares his criminal defense against this larceny charge. He would also do well to take measures to safeguard his legal rights throughout the process.
Source: westportnow.com, "Arrest Made for Little League Embezzlement", , May 28, 2014