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Woman accused of embezzling $4,000 from local youth sports teams

Heather Chapin-Fowler • May 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

The investigation into the case of more than $4,000 missing from the South Central Youth League has been completed.

The suspect, a 41-year-old North Fairfield woman, who is expected to be charged in connection with the embezzlement served as an officer of the organization at the time of the suspected theft, according to the Greenwich Police Department and county prosecutor's office.

The theft occurred during 2012 and 2013 and by skimming funds from various automated bank machines and cash withdrawals from Citizen's Bank, gas stations and Kalahari Resorts.

"Obviously that had nothing to do with baseball," said Bob McDowell, investigator for the Huron County Prosecutor's Office.

The amounts from each withdrawal or purchase varied from $42 to $202, based on investigatory records, McDowell said. The total amount that will be presented as the suspect is charged totals $4,686.

The youth sports organization that benefited the supplemental support for the South Central sports' teams, but wasn't officially connected in any way to the school district, McDowell said. The organization runs the concession stands and benefits the sports teams in a variety of ways.

The financial records have been combed through thoroughly by Greenwich police.

"The chief (Steve Dorsey) did a nice job of investigating this. ... He covered all the bases from A to Z," McDowell said.

Dorsey confirmed the investigation but referred further questions to the prosecutor's office because the case is pending with the grand jury which will meet again in about two weeks.

"There's no rush. She (the suspect) is probably on pins and needles more than anyone else," McDowell said.

The suspected embezzlement was brought to light by a company which had done work on the sports uniforms. The company owner reported being owed $1,700 by the organization which "started the whole thing," McDowell said.

The investigation was lengthy and the case file is large due to the amount of financial data Dorsey had to collect and analyze, McDowell also said.

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