Ex-little league board member admits to $19K theft

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Michael DeLong

A former board member of a New Haven little league accused of swindling some $19,000 from the association has pleaded guilty.

Michael DeLong pleaded guilty to felony Theft Tuesday in Allen Superior Court. Police believe he, along with fellow ex-board member Tammy Criswell, stole $19,000 from the nonprofit New Haven Baseball Association.

According to court documents, Delong spent organization funds on vacations, a laptop, his personal house bills, and baseball gear for his son, among other expenses. The documents accuse Criswell of stealing money while running a concession stand for the league.

Criswell has no active cases in the Allen County court system and has not been charged.

The News-Sentinel reports that DeLong agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors that calls for a 2 1/2 year sentence, with two years on probation. DeLong could possibly serve him time on home detention or work release, if he qualifies, according to the report. 

The plea deal will also require DeLong to repay $2,800 to the little league.

DeLong will be sentenced next month.

The New Haven community raised more than $19,000 through a GoFundMe campaign for the little league earlier this year.

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