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Former Ashland little league president accused of embezzling nearly $24,000

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) -

Police in Hanover County are investigating the actions of the former president of the Ashland Little League who is accused of embezzling $23,763.13 from the organization.

Ashland police haven't made any charges yet but they searched the home and are putting together the pieces in this case.

The bank was the first to catch the suspicious activity.

"These cases can be very complex, and we want to make sure we want to go through all the paperwork, comb through it thoroughly and cover all our bases," said Lt. James Shelhorse of the Ashland Police Department.

Shelhorse says the former league president, whose identity we are protecting at this time since there are no charges filed, is cooperating with police.

"During a search warrant conducted, we recovered some paperwork, miscellaneous paperwork, and a computer which investigators are looking through now, to find the evidence of embezzlement," said Shelhorse.

The search warrant accuses the former league president of forging checks and even reveals there is bank surveillance video to support that.

And that's not all - there is a separate but somewhat connected allegation the former league president was pocketing some of the money recently raised in a fundraiser.

"As part of the other investigation, some other information has come forward about that, the details about that are not clear yet so we're still working on that part," said Shelhorse.

There are about 250 kids in the Ashland Little League. Coach Dave Robertson said he is disappointed to hear of the allegation.

"It's a very tough situation, but as a coach and a parent, I respect the league's handling of it, and think they're doing the right thing," said Robertson.

In a letter sent to the families, the league promises to implement a more aggressive checks and balances system and says any improvements started last year will continue.

The affidavit also shows the former league president agreed to pay back the money. However, if charged, this person can face multiple counts of felony embezzlement. We will keep you updated on this story.

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