Clinton Valley woman pleads not guilty to little league theft

"The math doesn't add up." That's the position of the attorney defending a 63-year-old woman in the alleged theft of $300,000 from a Clinton Township little league group.

She entered a plea of not guilty today to formal allegations that she embezzled that amount from the Clinton Valley Little League during her time as the organization's treasurer. Her attorney says she couldn't possibly have taken such a sum because the group doesn't generate that much revenue. And he says that part of his strategy in her defense will likely include hiring of a forensic accountant to pore over the league's books.

These are obviously serious charges. Any theft crime charge is and should be responded to with a strong defense. If the woman should be convicted of the crime alleged she could face up to 20 years in prison. As a result of court action today, though, she is free on $10,000 personal bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Police claim that the defendant stole the money by writing herself checks from a league checking account over which she had control. According to The Macomb Daily, an unidentified source has said that she used the cash to pay off gambling losses suffered. And according to a Clinton Valley attorney, the alleged theft occurred over a span of years from 2008 to 2013.

It's crucial to remember that these are only allegations. Under Michigan law and the law of the United States, the burden is on the prosecution to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. This defendant has yet to have her day in court.

Unfortunately, people facing any sort of criminal charge often begin to suffer consequences simply from having been accused. In this case, the defendant has been put on a leave of absence by her employer.

Source: The Macomb Daily, " Accused embezzler denies taking $300,000 from Little League in Clinton Township," Jameson Cook, Sept. 12, 2014