Michigan man pleads guilty to embezzling money from youth baseball league

Michigan man pleads guilty to embezzling money from youth baseball league

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Michigan man pleads guilty to embezzling money from youth baseball league

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A Shelby Township (Mich.) man pleaded guilty to embezzling money from a youth baseball league charity and is to pay $21,440 in restitution in the case.

Joseph Wallace Wolf Jr., 51, pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement $1,000 to $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization and two added misdemeanor counts related to improper disposition of proceeds from charitable gaming events, according to Macomb County Circuit Court records and a news release from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Wolf was charged Aug. 5 with stealing money from the Detroit Metro Stars baseball team after a joint investigation by the control board and the Michigan Attorney General’s office. Authorities previously said Wolf used the money to buy a vehicle, travel to Florida and pay bills for himself and family members, including his mother’s monthly mobile phone bills.

Wolf is to be sentenced May 11. He could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater. Each misdemeanor count is punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, according to the release.

Control board spokeswoman Mary Kay Bean previously said Wolf was in charge of the Detroit Metro Stars Baseball league. The group’s website indicated it has developed players for a decade and appeared to cater to ages 8-18, preparing them to play high school baseball and, in some cases, collegiate baseball.

Wolf was accused of stealing funds for personal use from 2012 to 2014.

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