The treasurer of a youth softball league allegedly stole more than $90,000 from the organization's coffers.
According to a press release, 56-year-old William Jacobvitz is charged with making more than 50 unauthorized withdrawals from accounts associated with the non-profit New York Gothams Youth Baseball between November 2011 and April 2014. He also used a league debit card to finance thousands in personal car repairs, nearly depleting the account.
“This defendant is accused of committing a big theft from a beloved Little League organization,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “Many nonprofits rely on charitable donations to support programs benefitting the communities they serve, and in this case, the defendant is charged with misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars that may have otherwise have gone toward scholarships for aspiring young athletes.”
According to the league's website, the program "focuses on providing talented New York City baseball players an affordable opportunity to improve their skills, extend their sportsmanship and compete at the highest levels of play." The money stolen by Jacobvitz came from players’ fees and donations.
He is charged with one count of second degree grand larceny.