WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The former President of the West Seneca Youth Baseball Association has been accused of stealing approximately $49,000 from the club.
Kevin Chodkowski, 46, served as president from 2011-2014. During this time, prosecutors say he took the money from the team’s bank account, which included registration and fundraising cash.
This money was allegedly put in Chodkowski’s own personal bank account, and Assistant Erie County District Attorney Christopher Jurusik said Chodkowski dealt more than 500 young ball players and their families a heartbreaking setback.
“This is classic embezzlement of over $49,000 from a youth sports organization that constitutes a quintessential abuse of trust.”
After being charged with two counts of grand larceny and five counts of falsifying business records, Chodkowski pleaded ‘not guilty’ and was jailed on $25,000 bail.
If convicted of the charges, he could spend up to seven years in jail.