William Berry, the former president of the Dover Little League organization, has been arrested following an investigation into monetary thefts from the organization.
Accompanied by an attorney, Berry surrendered to Dover police Friday, Sept. 11, said department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
Little information on the details of the investigation was released, however a statement provided by the league’s board of directors said the group began an investigation after “some questionable actions” by Berry came to light.
“Our board is committed to maintaining the loyalty of our parents, players, community and sponsors,” the unsigned statement read. “We regret deeply this incident has occurred but assure you it was dealt with swiftly.”
Hoffman said the department’s investigation showed Berry allegedly took money from the organization and various fundraising activities and used the league’s credit care for unauthorized personal purchases.
Over a period of time, those purchases totaled more than $4,000, Hoffman said.
Berry, of the 100 block of Greenbriar Drive, Hartly, is charged with theft over $1,500, theft by false pretense over $1,500, two charges of second-degree forgery and unlawful use of a payment card over $1,500.
He has been released from custody on a $7,000 unsecured bond.
The league’s board of directors declined to comment further on the charges.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide additional comments or information,” their statement read.
Little League Public Information Officer Glenn Wilhelm said Berry had been elected as the organization’s president in September 2014. Officers are selected in annual general elections each September, but Berry was relieved as president following an emergency board meeting in July 2015 after the allegations against him came to light, Wilhelm said.
Vice President Bill Leslie has been acting president since that time, Wilhelm said.