For many children, playing baseball is one of their favorite pastimes and holds fond memories for them well into adulthood. However, one Illinois youth baseball league has recently been rocked by an alleged scandal. The former treasurer for the league faces a felony charge after being accused of stealing almost $80,000 from the league.
While reports indicate the man is no longer the league treasurer, he was recently arrested at his home. Police claim that he wrote himself checks. He now faces charges related to felony theft.
Police claim the money was taken over a five-year period. However, an official for the police department states that he is unsure what the accused man allegedly used the money. It is also unclear what originally brought the alleged theft to the attention of the police.
At this point, there seems to be little known about the Illinois man’s action that led to a felony charge. While presumably more information and evidence will be brought to light in the course of the judicial process, the American court system hinges on the presumption that anyone accused of a crime is considered innocent until — and only if — proved guilty. In order to obtain a conviction, prosecutors will have to prove the man’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. To reach this high burden of proof, there are many questions that need to be answered — including how the money was ultimately used. As in all criminal cases, it is important that the rights of the accused are also protected to ensure that an innocent man is not wrongfully convicted.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, Ex-treasurer charged with stealing $80K from youth baseball league, No author, Dec. 10, 2013