Cops: Casselberry Little League board member stole from group's...

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

The Casselberry Little League is postponing its opening games because one of its board members allegedly pilfered nearly $5,000 from the league's coffers, wrecking its finances.
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Baseball Lover

Chicago, IL

#1 Aug 28, 2008
I am sorry but the kids can open the season. Don't take baseball away from the kids because of what an adult has done. The kids still have bats, baseballs, gloves, field use and fans. That is what the game is about. The game is not about the food, so you miss the funds raised for the first game, take donations and then the next game acquire your food. But baseball is not about food. Let the kids play their game and have fun.
Captain Jim

De Leon Springs, FL

#2 Aug 28, 2008
What scum. You can bet she will try to turn this around and be the victim. Ten to one says she lays this on her husband who forced her to buy things with the credit card and she was too scared to tell him no. Some victims group will come to her rescue. Meanwhile the kids get screwed.

I gotta tell you though, 5k is not going to be difficult to raise after something like this. Pass the hat.

Since: Nov 07

Orlando, FL

#3 Aug 28, 2008
I feel sorry for the kids and most especially for HER kid - tough break for him getting such crappy parents!
E Vey

Deltona, FL

#4 Aug 28, 2008
I'm with "Baseball Lover"

All those pick-up games I played and not a morsel of food in sight.

“I aim to misbehave”

Since: Mar 08

Boston Mass

#5 Aug 28, 2008
Stealing money meant for a children's program. How low can you get?

I agree that the season should start as scheduled. So there's no concessions. I played youth soccer, and if you wanted food, you brought your own.

Sanford, FL

#6 Aug 28, 2008
Why is it so difficult for people to grasp the concept of honesty? It's very easy...if it doesn't belong to you, don't take it.
I hope she'd locked up for a very long time but that won't happen. She'll get probation and restitution which will never be paid.

United States

#7 Aug 28, 2008
stupid, greedy *itch

Since: Nov 07

Orlando, FL

#8 Aug 28, 2008
I doubt the opening of the season is in jeopardy because they can't buy food. I suspect they can't pay dues, field rental, insurance etc.
C Shearer MT Dora FL

Barnesville, OH

#9 Aug 28, 2008
Captain Jim wrote:
What scum. You can bet she will try to turn this around and be the victim. Ten to one says she lays this on her husband who forced her to buy things with the credit card and she was too scared to tell him no. Some victims group will come to her rescue. Meanwhile the kids get screwed.
I gotta tell you though, 5k is not going to be difficult to raise after something like this. Pass the hat.
Capt.Jim, you are so right, pass the hat! 5,000 donors at $1.00 ea., 1,000 donors at 5.00 each, or knowing that someone could write a check for the total amount, 5,000 $'s.
Jim Parker

Denver, CO

#10 Aug 28, 2008
Whoa, I don't get it. What does the fact they can or can't open the concession stand have to do with the kids playing a baseball game other then fund-raising? They have their uniforms, balls, bats, gloves, bases, the field and etc. Why can't they play the games?

Just get some big igloo coolers with ice water so no one overheats or tell the kids and parents to bring their own water and sports drinks and play the game!

I'm sorry for the fiscal loss and I know there are expenses for any organization. But do what we used to do when I played Little League and pass the hat through the stands during the games. We did pretty well doing that with everyone just throwing their pocket change into the hat. When you can reopen the concession stands then you can go back to your normal process.

C'mon, use a little common sense and assess, adapt and overcome. THere's no reason to punish the kids for an adult's stupidity.
Tired parent

De Leon Springs, FL

#11 Aug 28, 2008
Strange how a parent taking 5k is tragic, yet our school, Lake Mary Prep, cut their youth sports program just to land a contract that would pay them a few thousand dollars. I guess it's ok to rip kids off. You just need to do it the correct way.

Sometimes I think we should just put the kids in charge!

Kissimmee, FL

#12 Aug 28, 2008
Let the kids play. You can actually watch a game without eating !

Eustis, FL

#13 Aug 28, 2008
It would be a great gesture if the insurance company that Penn worked for as a claim adjustor forked over a $5000 donation to the league. After all... they will have some damage control to do in terms of their image. We all like to think we can trust our insurance company to do the right thing, but knowing that they had a crook in their midst is not going to inspire confidence among their customers. In fact, knowing that this woman has no integrity, and knowing that insurance company managers/executives want to deny/limit as many claims as possible, her lack of integrity might open up a flood of lawsuits from the clients who's cases she was involved in settling. If I were one of those clients, and if I thought my claim was denied improperly, I would be having my attorney filing subpoenas for all the claims "settled" by this woman as well as the records of how much this insurance company paid her in terms of salary and bonuses.
florida native

New York, NY

#14 Aug 28, 2008
at least they will get their voting rights back!!!!!once a ciminal, always a criminal
Wiley Cat

Palm Bay, FL

#15 Aug 28, 2008
Real nice to bring this down on your kids lady. You're a real piece of work.
littleleaguemomo f4

Hollywood, FL

#17 Aug 28, 2008
She was always shady and never a great coach. It always made me wonder how this woman with questionable morals ended up not only on the board of directors but as the softball all star coach for years. The Little League will get past this and move on. There are a lot of great little league volunteers in that organization. However,maybe there are a few more on the board that need to get booted as well! How can you not know THAT much money was missing? Someone else had to know something.

United States

#18 Aug 28, 2008
First, of all you can blame the woman for stealing and she needs to be punished. Everyone listed as a Board Member for that league needs to punished. Why did they suspect in January and not do anything? Where were the checks and balances that Little League require? The Board Members of Casselberry Little League have done a disservice to their community.

United States

#19 Aug 28, 2008
Is this some kind of scam to raise extra funds by pulling on the communities heart strings? Shame on you Mr. President get your act together or get out.
d lucille

Owensboro, KY

#20 Aug 28, 2008
If the Sentinel really wanted to help, why don't they post a number or address so people can donate funds?
Sheryl P

Longwood, FL

#21 Aug 28, 2008
The President knew since January and waited till May, am I missing something. I know that when Darren Sink took over there was more then $17,000 in cash. There was also a Policy & Procedure in place to prevent any type of concession theft/larceny, and bonafide monthy charge account statements that should have been a red flag to any responsible President & Treasurer. I thought this Little league had Christian values.

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