Former softball league president to stand trial in $50K theft
The attorney for an East Huntingdon man accused of siphoning more than $50,000 from a girls softball organization that he ran for nearly three years said his client wants “to make things right” and pay back the money.
Brandon K. May, 39, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before East Huntingdon District Judge Charles Moore and agreed to stand trial in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court.
He is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and prohibited acts involving charities in connection with the six-team Lady Vengeance Softball Organization.
His attorney, Paul E. Toohey of Mt. Pleasant, said May is hoping to pay back the money before the case goes to trial.
“He is genuinely sorry to all those involved for what happened here and he wants to make it right. That’s what we are going to work toward,” Toohey said.
Toohey said Assistant District Attorney Peter Flanigan has not offered a plea deal.
“We’re talking about a guy here who basically had no prior criminal record,” Toohey said.
County Detective Ray Dupilka wrote in the criminal complaint that May was president and treasurer of the organization in 2014, 2015 and early 2016, when the alleged theft was uncovered.
An audit of the organization’s checking account at Somerset Trust Co. uncovered numerous cash withdrawals, disbursements, personal checks and debit card transactions that were not expenses for the softball team, according to the complaint.
Dupilka accused May of using dues submitted by league players’ parents to pay his personal bills.
May is accused of using the money for self-storage units, auto insurance, a cellphone, restaurant and convenience store purchases and car payments to Hyundai of Greensburg.
He allegedly used team funds to pay rent for the lot where his mobile home sits in Cloverleaf Communities, according to the complaint.
May remains free on his own recognizance pending an arraignment scheduled for June 29.
In February, Jeannette District Judge Joseph Demarchis found May guilty in a civil suit filed by Hempfield that sought $2,069 for unpaid rental fees at township fields for more than 80 games scheduled from April 2015 through October.
Online court records indicate May has not made any payments in that case.
Paul Peirce is Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or [email protected].