Cincinnati youth baseball club at center of embezzlement investigation


>>AS A 501C CHARITY, EVERY
NICKEL COUNTS. JATARA: THAT’S WHY NAVIGATING AN
EMBEZZLEMENT INVESTIGATION
WITHIN A YOUTH BASEBALL CLUB IS
A DIFFICULT PILL TO SWALLOW. CINCINNATI RIVERBATS VICE
PRESIDENT CHRIS BOOTH SAYS THEY
NOTICED SOMETHING WASN’T ADDING
UP TO THE TUNE OF $7,000.>>OUR ACCOUNTS FOR EACH TEAM
ARE MONITORED CONSISTENTLY ON A
MONTHLY BASIS. WE UNCOVERED SOME DISCREPANCIES
WITHIN THOSE ACCOUNTS. JATARA: SUSPECTED? A LONGTIME VOLUNTEER, COACH AND
BOARD MEMBER. CLUB LEADERS SAY THEY GAVE HIM A
CHANCE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE MONEY,
BUT WHEN HE DIDN’T, THAT WAS THE
FINAL STRIKE. THE COACH WAS REMOVED FROM THE
PROGRAM AND POLICE LAUNCHED AN
INVESTIGATION.>>I THINK IT’S DISAPPOINTMENT. AND THEN A SITUATION LIKE THIS,
YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR EMOTIONS TO
THE SIDE AND KEEPING THE YOUNG
MEN, THE KIDS AT THE FOREFRONT
OF WHAT WE’RE DOING. JATARA: THE RIVERBATS ARE A
LARGE, PRIVATE, TRAVEL BASEBALL
CLUB YOUTH AGES 10 TO 18. THE PLAYERS COME FROM ALL OVER
GREATER CINCINNATI AND AS FAR AS
COLUMBUS. THE CLUB SAYS THEY’VE WORKED TO
REIMBURSE EVERY FAMILY IMPACTED. IT DEFINITELY HAS MADE US MORE

>>IT DEFINITELY HAS MADE US
MORE AWARE THAN IN THE PAST. LIKE ANY SITUATION, TRYING TO
LOOK AT IT WITH THE GLASS
HALF-FULL. JATARA: POLICE HAVEN’T FILED
CHARGES YET. GOSHEN POLICE STARTED THE
INVESTIGATION. WEST CHESTER POLICE JUST TOOK IT
OVER LAST WEEK, POSSIBLY, DUE TO
THE LOCATION OF A BANK USED IN
THE ALLEGED CR

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