Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The umbrella organization for Westport Little League Baseball said tonight that as a result of an internal investigation it has asked Westport police to investigate allegations that a board member misappropriated funds for his personal gain.
In a statement, Jeff White, chairman of Westport Baseball & Softball, did not disclose how much money was involved but did state that it “will not hinder the organization’s operations and commitment in any way.”
White said: “Recently, the board began an internal investigation into allegations that one of our Board members misappropriated funds in multiple ways for his personal gain.
“As a result of the investigation, the board made a unanimous decision to turn the matter over to the Westport Police Department to investigate further, and this matter is now in their hands.
“The Board member has resigned, and is no longer affiliated with Westport Baseball & Softball. The expenditures in question will not hinder our operations and commitment in any way.”
He said since learning of the situation, “and in order to protect Westport Baseball & Softball for the long term, we have made several improvements, including new financial procedures and improved ways to review and approve reimbursements and expenditures.”
White added: “Westport Baseball & Softball will continue to deliver all of the popular, broad-based programs that we always have.
“With the weather starting to break and a new season on the horizon, we look forward to another fun, productive, successful year for our more than 1,200 children.”
White noted that “Westport Baseball & Softball has a long and successful history of serving our community. We are proud of what our children have accomplished over the years, and the Board of Directors takes all aspects of our work seriously.”
In addition to the Westport Little League, whose members last summer appeared in the Little League World Series, Westport Baseball & Softball oversees Softball and Advanced Baseball (ages 13-19).
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