10-18-2006, 05:39 PM
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Ex-leader of little league pleads guilty
Published: October 18, 2006
By AMY LINDBLOM
A former West Side Little League president has pleaded guilty to embezzling up to $20,000 from the 230-member youth baseball organization.
Stacy Ann Marie Blevins, 31, who now lives in North Dakota, entered the plea two days before she was to stand trial.
Blevins moved to Hazen, N.D., during a Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department investigation into allegations that she stole more than $20,000 from the Tuolumne and Twain Harte-area Little League.
Monday, she was in court for a pre-trial conference and agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Had a jury convicted Blevins as charged, she faced a maximum of three years in prison. Instead, Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Eric DuTemple agreed to sentence Blevins to no more than a year in the county jail and ordered her to repay the money she stole.
Exactly how much money Blevins stole is not clear. Tuolumne County District Attorney Donald Segerstrom said it is clear Blevins stole at least $11,000 and possibly as much at $20,000.
"The league will present its demands, and I will be going over all the records and looking for all inappropriate transactions and I'll present my demands to the judge," Segerstrom said.
Blevins could agree to the amount presented. If she disputes it, then the judge will order a contested restitution hearing, Segerstrom said.
Blevins will be sentenced on Nov. 27.
"I know a lot of people who have kids in Little League who wanted to see her go to jail for a long time," said Brian Morningstar, who was president following Blevins' resignation from the board. "But I'm kinda glad it's over and I'm looking forward to getting the money back. It's time to start over."
All the league's financial records from Blevins' tenure on the board have been turned over to the District Attorney's Office, said Morningstar.
A search warrant affidavit filed by Sheriff's Investigator Deborah Moss in Tuolumne County Superior Court said that between January 2003 and May 2004, when Blevins was president of the league, she had maneuvered $15,287.74 out of the league's account into her own bank account.
Other money may be missing, however, including a $1,500 check made out to West Side Little League's insurance company that was altered to be made out to cash and deposited into Blevins' account.
Blevins and West Side Little League have also been sued by a uniform supply company for failure to pay a $8,761 bill. That bill still has not been paid.
Said Morningstar: "We don't have money to hire a lawyer to fight the lawyer from the uniform company. We are hoping that everything will be resolved with the restitution hearing."
Contact Amy Lindblom at email@example.com or 588-4527
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