The interesting part of this story is not the fact that someone would take money from kids.
It’s not that Amy Jo Erickson got away with it for more than five years without anyone involved in the Belgrade, Montana youth baseball league knowing it.
Or the fact that she was able to skim off–allegedly–more $92,000 over that time period.
No, the most interesting part of this story is that we continue to report on these types of embezzlement from youth sports organizations and nothing seems to change. Okay, in this case the league reportedly required two signatures to write a check (not a bad idea) but reportedly Ms. Erickson got other board members to sign blanks in advance and then filled in the amounts later.
It’s almost like parents want to be ripped off. How else can you explain the nearly complete lack of oversight in what appears to be about 99% of youth sports leagues in this country?
If convicted, Erickson could face up to 10 years in prison, a $50,000 fine or both, and could also be ordered to pay back all the money she’s alleged taken.
Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle