POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The former president of the Powhatan Little League plead guilty on Thursday for embezzling thousands of dollars over a span of several years.
Charles D. Green was indicted in February with three counts of felony embezzlement. On March 28, Green pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement, getting two counts dropped, and will be given a suspended sentence on the condition he does 150 hours of restitution.
Prosecutors say Green, who was the president of the little league from 2014 until his resignation in February 2018, embezzled nearly $6,000 in funds on multiple occasions over the course of several years.
Authorities launched an investigation in April 2018 after the Commonwealth Attorney and the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office received “numerous” complaints alleging accounting discrepancies while Green was president.
“There was one little league account that had numerous suspicious charges on there, that would appear on their face not to be legit business accounts,” Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cerullo told 8News.
Investigators say the former president used his Little League credit card to pay for personal purchases. They had enough evidence to get a grand jury to indict Green on three counts of embezzlement.
Green’s arrest stunned parents who children play ball on Powhatan County, where sports are a big part of the community.
“We need these organizations and we’re glad to have them and they do a great job,” Cerullo added. “That’s why we want to support them and make sure nothing like this happens.”