MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE) - The following statement was sent from Mount Vernon Youth Baseball regarding the criminal charges against their former treasurer.
"In July 2012, the Mt. Vernon Youth Baseball board started noticing accounting errors. After auditing the account and finding discrepancies, it was turned over to the authorities for further investigation. Since this is an all-volunteer organization we have to trust each other and that trust was violated.
As a result of this investigation, the previous treasurer is no longer affiliated with Mt. Vernon Youth Baseball. Because of what happened, Mt. Vernon Youth Baseball had its reputation damaged. The board addressed the issue quickly and continues to work to establish a good environment for the kids in the community and make playing baseball a positive experience.
In addition, the board realized things needed to be different. It increased from ten to twenty five members and now holds monthly meetings. The new board brought new ideas including overhauling the by-laws and implementing a new accounting system that has multiple checks and balances to assure that every dollar is accounted for.
To go along with the new ideas, the logo was changed and we have made the move this year to be sanctioned by Little League International. As a result of our proactive efforts, registrations have actually increased over last year. We have acquired the t-ball and Shetland programs and those registrations will take place later this spring.
We continue to struggle to recover from the previous actions. But, with the support of the community and continued donations, we are getting stronger and believe we will bring the league back to one of the premier programs in the area."
Adam Bauman, the former treasurer, was arrested on eight theft counts.
Police say the 34-year-old is accused of stealing around $6,000 from the program.