Former Little League president, treasurer admit to stealing $126K for own benefit

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Two former high-ranking officials with a Jackson youth baseball league whose all-star team played in the Little League World Series two years ago have admitted stealing league funds for their own benefit – totaling $126,000.

According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Anthony Del Vecchio, 64, and John Lehman, 56, both pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to theft as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors will recommend both men receive probation sentences as long as they each pay $63,085 in restitution.

Del Vecchio was president and Lehman was treasurer of the Little League. An investigation revealed the pair had converted the money for their benefit. Del Vecchio and Lehman were the only signatories on the account, and both signatures were required on all checks.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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