Wednesday, October 29, 2014

$200K Little League Embezzlement Case Investigated In Washington State

From the Kent Reporter on 10/28/2014:

King County prosecutors continue to review and investigate the alleged embezzlement of more than $200,000 from the Kent Little League by a former treasurer.

"There hasn’t yet been a charging decision," said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, in a Monday email. "The case is still under review/investigation."

Kent Police investigated the case and turned its information over to prosecutors in September.
Detectives started to investigate the case in December when the Little League board president reported significant financial discrepancies in the league's bank accounts in 2012 and 2013.

Detectives have not made an arrest in the case, but forwarded their investigation to prosecutors to review and decide about filing charges against the man.

The 48-year-old man reportedly used some of the embezzled funds in an attempt to keep his newly acquired Benchwarmer Sports Bar and Grill afloat, according to a police media release. The bar along Russell Road has since closed.

The league's board of directors sent a letter Sept. 10 to Little League parents and volunteers that read, "significant financial discrepancies were found in the management of league funds throughout the 2012 and 2013 seasons."


Note: Independent research suggests that the owner of the Benchwarmer Sports Bar is one Kevin Baker

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