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Men who stole $126,000 from little league they took to World Series ordered to return every cent

Former president and treasurer of New Jersey Little League are ordered to pay more than $126,000 that they stole from the team in 2017 after they had made it to the World Series semifinals

  • Anthony Del Vecchio, 64, and 56-year-old John Lehman were both ordered to pay $63,085.41 each to the Holbrooke Little League on Monday 
  • The Jackson, Florida, residents both pled guilty to a charge of unlawful taking
  • In addition to the restitution, the defendants must perform 100 hours of community service
  • State is also recommending that they get non-custodial probation, the release states

The former president and treasurer of a New Jersey baseball little league have pled guilty to stealing more than $126,000 from the league and were ordered to pay every single cent in restitution. 

Anthony Del Vecchio, 64, and 56-year-old John Lehman were both ordered to pay $63,085.41 each to the Holbrooke Little League on Monday, according to a release from the Ocean County prosecutor’s office. 

The Jackson, Florida, residents both pled guilty to a charge of unlawful taking. 

In addition to the restitution, the defendants must perform 100 hours of community service. 

John Lehman, 56

Anthony Del Vecchio, 64, and 56-year-old John Lehman were both ordered to pay $63,085.41 each to the Holbrooke Little League on Monday. They both pled guilty to a count of unlawful taking

The state is also recommending that they get non-custodial probation, the release states. 

Del Vecchio is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on January 24, 2020. Lehman is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13, 2020. 

‘Both defendants will be required to pay restitution in full on or before their respective sentencing date(s), pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement,’ Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer. ‘If they don’t come up with the restitution in full, we will be seeking a custodial sentence.’

Del Vecchio's 12-year-old All-Star team had reached the semifinals of the United States championship in Williamsport in 2017, with money raised promised to be distributed to parents

Del Vecchio’s 12-year-old All-Star team had reached the semifinals of the United States championship in Williamsport in 2017, with money raised promised to be distributed to parents

The prosecutor continued: ‘This plea agreement was extended with the advice and consent of the Holbrooke Little League Executive Board.’  

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office began investigating Del Vecchio after receiving information on November 27, 2017, that the little league president had been siphoning funds. 

Del Vecchio’s 12-year-old All-Star team had reached the semifinals of the United States championship in Williamsport that year, Patch.com reports.

The investigation found that the two defendants had converted the money for their benefit (Del Vecchio pictured)

They made themselves the sole signatories on the accounts, making it so that both of their signatures were required on any checks that were written (Lehman pictured)

The investigation found that the two defendants had converted the money for their benefit. They made themselves the sole signatories on the accounts, making it so that both of their signatures were required on any checks that were written

Parents grew concerned when they didn’t see promised funds that were raised to support the team.

The investigation found that the two defendants had converted the money for their benefit.

They made themselves the sole signatories on the accounts, making it so that both of their signatures were required on any checks that were written.

The investigation was a joint effort from the prosecutor’s office and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad and High Tech Crime Unit. 



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