Man accused of stealing from Little League

January 28, 2008 3:30:16 PM PST
A former Long Island Little League official is accused of stealing from the league.Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Monday morning that her office has filed charges against 55-year-old Joe Green, of Plainview, who has reportedly been the subject of a four-month investigation into the embezzlement of more than $38,000.

Green was arrested early Monday and charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Rice said that between November 1, 2005, and July 17, 2007, Green, in his capacity as the uniform and equipment director of the Plainview Baseball Association, stole $38,160.29 by stealing blank invoices from Port Jefferson Sporting Goods and filling them out with fictitious equipment orders that were allegedly being placed by the association.

Rice said that on 10 different occasions, Green submitted the bogus invoices and would then cash the little league's reimbursement checks and deposit the funds directly into his personal bank account. The Little League never received the equipment they believed that they were purchasing.

In the fall of 2007, little league officials became aware of the financial discrepancy and confronted Green, forcing him to step down from his volunteer position. In October, the allegation was referred to the District Attorney's Office for criminal investigation.

Rice said that Green spent the money on normal household items, in addition to several thousand dollars in college expenses.

Green faces a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted of the charges.