GREEN The head of Green Little League won’t go into details, but says the organization is moving forward from an incident in which it believes $27,000 was stolen from its bank account.
Former league president Timothy C. McCloud, 46, of Green, has been indicted of felony counts of grand theft (fourth degree) and money laundering (third degree) in the case.
Mathew Harrelson, who took over as president in July around the same time Little League board members discovered money was missing from a checking account, said officials consulted with the bank before filing a police report with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office accusing McCloud of the theft.
Harrelson released a state via a news release on behalf of the Little League organization.
"Due to the ongoing investigation, we have not been allowed to make any statements to this matter," the statement read. "However, the board members of Green Little League have taken this matter very seriously and have taken steps to ensure that all donations and funds are used to benefit the children who participate in our programs, as well as changing league rules regarding fees and donations. We are working with the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, the prosecutor and our insurance company to ensure that all missing funds are being returned to Green Little League."
Harrelson said the Little League’s board held a meeting in January, but will wait until the legal proceedings are over before taking action.
"We are waiting for the court proceedings to be completed," Harrelson said. "We are also waiting for the insurance company to complete their process."
McCloud, who is alleged to have taken the money between April 1 and July 29, was charged in September and indicted on one count of grand theft and one count of money laundering by a grand jury in October.
McCloud has pleaded not guilty and is free on $10,000 bond. He is due back in court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing, according to court records.