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HPD gives Dixie Youth case to district attorney

Published 9:49am Monday, June 16, 2014

The Hartselle Police Department has turned over its findings to an investigation into theft of funds from Hartselle Dixie Youth Baseball to Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson.

HPD public information officer Lt. Justin Barley said in a statement Friday that the Hartselle Police Department has concluded its investigation into the theft of monies from the Hartselle Dixie Youth baseball organization, which was reported in March of this year.

“The findings of the investigation have been turned over to the Morgan County District Attorney for grand jury consideration,” Barley said. ” No further information can be released at this time.”

The Hartselle Police Department began an investigation into missing funds from Dixie Youth Baseball in March. Current Dixie Youth President Tony Boster said the Dixie Youth Baseball Board turned over three to five years of financial statements.

Barley said previously that the investigation is being treated as theft of property first degree, which covers theft of more than $2,500. The total amount of missing money has not been disclosed.

Boster said earlier that issues were discovered during the board transition after the new board wanted to see financial reports including concession sales. A former board member resigned at a March 9 meeting.

No suspects have been arrested at this time.

Boster said they took action to prevent it from happening again..

“We have gone back to requiring two signatures on all bank checks,” Boster said in late May. “We are trying to get away from using cash as much as possible. Umpires will be paid with checks. And we are keeping a closer watch of all concession stand money.”

Boster said the board also hired Geremy Segars of Segars and Co., P.C., to do accounting for the board. Boster also said they are trying to limit access to the concession stand.


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