Chicago-area youth baseball treasurer accused of embezzling $80K

A volunteer treasurer for a Chicago-area youth baseball organization was arrested Monday morning for allegedly writing $80,000 worth of organization checks to himself.

Donald Schaefer, accused of taking the money over a five-year period from Gurnee Youth Baseball Inc., was charged with felony theft, Gurnee Police Commander Willie Meyer said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In a letter to league members, organization board president Jolene Nowry said Mr. Schaefer took $80,626 through checks and withdrawals made payable to him from a savings account, the Daily Herald reported.

Miss Nowry said Mr. Schaefer is no longer with the organization.

“I am satisfied that there are proper safeguards and procedures in place to see that this will never occur again,” she said. “Our organization’s ability to continue to operate is, and has been, due to all the individuals and families who continue to support our association.”

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