Former baseball association treasurer gets 10 years probation for embezzlement

The former treasurer of the Coon Rapids Baseball Recreational League, who admitted in Anoka County District Court that she embezzled money from the organization, has been put on probation for 10 years.

Jeanne Jayne Lang, 42, Coon Rapids, entered a guilty plea to a felony theft (divert corporate property) charge and at sentencing Nov. 19, she was jailed for 42 days with credit for one day served, ordered to pay restitution totaling $14,477.84 plus $135 in fines and fees and perform 100 hours of community service work.

Probation conditions include cognitive skills training and not holding any positions of fiduciary responsibility.

Lang was accused of using league funds for her personal use totaling $9,572.80 by writing checks and using the league’s credit card, as well as failing to deposit in the league bank account $1,800 in cash received from players.

In July 2012, Coon Rapids Police received a report from the president of the league that Lang, who had been treasurer from January 2011 to June 2012, had been taking money from the league bank account for unauthorized purposes, according to the complaint.

As treasurer, Lang had complete control of the league checkbook and credit card and the funds were only to be used for league business – buying equipment and supplies for the league.

At an emergency meeting of the league’s board of directors July 20, 2012, Lang admitted to writing checks from the league account and using the league credit card for her personal use.

She told board that she was sorry, knew what she had done was wrong and agreed to pay back the league as soon as she could.

Two days later, July 12, Lang emailed the board offering to write a check for $4,500 to begin paying the money back and that she would pay $300 a month until it was paid off.

The losses were uncovered in an audit of the league’s bank account by a certified public accountant, according to the complaint.

Lang wrote numerous checks to her boyfriend as well as checks to businesses not only in Anoka and Coon Rapids, but also in Watertown, S.D., all unrelated to league business.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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