LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Police Department said two people have been arrested for embezzling from the Timberlake Dixie Youth Organization, which runs baseball and softball youth teams.
Police said Timberlake Dixie Youth board members became aware of discrepancies involving the financial reports of their non-profit organization in October and asked LPD to investigate.
After several weeks of investigating, detectives said they determined that money raised through fundraising events, sponsorships, and team member registration fees intended for use by the organization had been used fraudulently.
Detectives said they determined the fraudulent activity began in 2017 and continued through October 2018 with a total loss in excess of $20,000.
Richard Lee Mathews, 44, of Campbell County, the president of Timberlake Dixie Youth and April Lynn Mathews, 50, of Campbell County, the treasurer of Timberlake Dixie Youth have been charged with two counts of embezzlement and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
The couple was charged on November 9.
Both were arrested and transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
The Timberlake Dixie Youth Organization's board of directors issued a statement following their arrests:
"The mission of Timberlake Dixie Youth is to provide a safe, fun, and learning environment for the youth in our community. As we move forward from this recent situation, please know that we have a group of board members dedicated to ensuring our mission statement will be continued in the future. We have been overwhelmed with offerings of support from not only current players, fans, and coaches, but hundreds of past TDY participants as well. This is a caring organization, and with that said, the kids in the Timberlake community can rest assured we will always be there for them”.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective D.S. Dempsey at (434) 455-6161 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.