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Team President Confessed to Stealing Little League Money, Tarpon Springs Police Say

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The man came to the Tarpon Springs Police Department and confessed, officers said.

TARPON SPRINGS – A man came into the Tarpon Springs Police Department on Tuesday (Nov. 1) to confess he’d stolen money from a Little League baseball team, officers said.

John Michael Farrar, 51, who gave his address as the Quality Inn, 38724 U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs, was charged with scheming to defraud. He was president of Tarpon Springs Little League Baseball.

Police said Farrar came to the department to turn himself in. They said he told officers that he would take the cash deposits from the concession stands at Tarpon Springs Little League Baseball and not deposit the money into the group’s account. He also admitted to transferring money from the League account to a personal business account, Coast to Coast, usually in $300 increments. Police said Farrar began making transfers in May and continuing them until he came into headquarters.

Detective Cpl. John Diebel interviewed Tarpon Springs Little League board members who said the total amount taken was about $12,902.56. Board members told Diebel they are at minus $1,050 in the league account but had not received the final bank summary for the month. Cash receipts also needed to be processed to try finding out how much was taken.

Board members could not access the bank records online and said they had asked Farrar if he could access them. But, they said, Farrar would make excuses as to being busy or not near a computer. On Tuesday, they told Farrar they were going to the bank. That’s when Farrar admitted taking the money and went to the police department, officers said.

For information about the Tarpon Springs police, go to tspd.us.

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