WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Westport Little League board member was arrested Wednesday after a two-month investigation and charged with embezzling more than $40,000 from the league, according to a Westport police statement.
Kevin Hlavac, 39, served until recently as Westport Baseball and Softball's vice president of youth baseball and Little League. He has also been a coach for the Staples High School baseball team for eight years, according to his league bio.
The board of the Westport Little League contacted the Westport Police Department in late March regarding the results of its yearly internal audit, police said. Board members presented the results of the audit, which showed that more than $40,000 worth of funds and equipment were unaccounted for, according to the release.
Hlavac, who lives in Bridgeport, was interviewed by detectives and eventually admitted to falsifying invoices, canceling orders after submitting invoices for equipment so that payment was made to him by the league, according to the release. The items were reportedly never delivered.
He also billed the league for clinics that were never held, had parents pay for hotel rooms and expenses for out of town games and did not pay them back even though he submitted invoices and was reimbursed by the league, police said. He is also accused of selling league merchandise and keeping the money, police said.
Hlavac was charged with first-degree larceny. His bond was set at $5,000, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on June 5.
The Westport Little League All-Stars finished fourth in the Little League World Series last summer, while the Westport 10-11 softball All-Stars won the state title.
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