TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities say a former Little League president has admitted to stealing almost $13,000 from the league.
John Farrar, former president of the Tarpon Springs Little League, turned himself in Tuesday for stealing money from concessions.
Farrar, who acted as president for two years, said he transferred money from the league account to his personal business account in increments of $300. He told investigators from the Tarpon Springs Police Department he’d been doing this since May 2016.
Farrar has been charged with scheme to defraud. Sergeant Robert Faugno said he took almost $13,000 in total.
Board members told police they came across the theft because they could not access the bank account and asked Farrar to do it. He kept blowing them off, so board members said they would go to the bank themselves on Nov. 1. That’s when Farrar admitted to stealing the money.
Farrar was released from jail Wednesday night. He told News Channel 8 he can’t say why he took the money. He did say he’s sorry.
“I’m not trying to duck. I was the one that turned myself in for it, so that’s not ducking,” he said.
Sally Matera’s son is a Little League pitcher. She said it’s a shame.
“I think that everything that goes into it is for the kids. So obviously they get shortchanged from something like this,” Matera said. “The kids are here to learn about being good citizens. They take a pledge before each game, and it’s just really sad.”
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