Westmoreland softball organization head charged with theft of more than $50,000
A 39-year-old East Huntingdon man is accused of siphoning more than $50,000 from a girls softball organization, allegedly using money from the dues paid by the parents of the players to pay his personal bills, authorities said in charges filed Tuesday.
Brandon K. May of Village Drive allegedly took the money from the six-team Lady Vengeance Softball Organization, of which he served as president and treasurer, during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, according to the criminal complaint filed by Westmoreland County Detective Raymond Dupilka.
An audit of the softball organization’s checking account at the Somerset Trust Company uncovered numerous cash withdrawals, disbursements, personal checks and debit card transactions that were not expenses for the softball team, according to the complaint. May is accused of using the money for self-storage units, auto insurance, a cellular phone, restaurant and convenience store purchases, and for payments to Hyundai of Greensburg. May also allegedly used the money to pay the rent for the lot where his mobile home sits in Cloverleaf Communities, according to the complaint.
May was arraigned before East Huntingdon District Judge Charles Moore on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and for violations of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act. He was released on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing scheduled before Moore on May 2.
May, who turned himself in at the judge’s office, was ordered to pay $350 in collateral for failing to answer five traffic tickets issued by the state police. A bench warrant had been issued for May when he failed to appear to respond to the tickets.
On Monday, May had been slapped with a civil suit by Hempfield for $2,070 in unpaid rental fees at township fields for more than 80 games that were scheduled from April through October. He faces a hearing on Friday before Jeannette District Judge Joseph Demarchis on that lawsuit.