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February 27, 2014

Youth baseball league official arrested

Peaster youth baseball association president reportedly admits to misusing funds

PEASTER – Parker County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a warrant Thursday and arrested the president of a local youth baseball association. 

Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team members arrested Noe Joe McKinzie, 41, late Thursday afternoon.

Peaster Baseball Association board members reportedly contacted the sheriff’s office earlier this month to report suspicious activity with the league’s financial account, including large sums of missing funds from the league’s checking and savings accounts.

Sheriff’s investigators discovered McKinzie had access to the accounts, making withdrawals and purchases for his own use, totaling approximately $10,000, since January.

Peaster Baseball Association board members told investigators McKinzie created a debit card for the league’s general account and began using it for personal transactions as well as taking cash withdrawals, leaving the league in debt for several thousand dollars, according to the sheriff’s department.

McKinzie reportedly admitted to making a $3,000 withdrawal in a single occasion, using it for a down payment on a new truck, along with making numerous additional transactions and withdrawals for his use including cell phone bills and fast food.

McKinzie is charged with misapplication of fiduciary property. As of Thursday evening, McKinzie remained in the Parker County Jail awaiting magistration.

Board members were forced to discontinue the league’s activity, canceling the league’s 2014 spring season due to the lack of funding after the incidents.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said the situation is heartbreaking for the children.

“They are young and cannot comprehend what has happened,” Fowler said. “They only know they can’t play. The board members regretfully made a formal statement notifying the parents about the investigation and the inability to continue with the season.”

Fowler added he hopes the community can come together so the children can continue in the league and play ball.

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