Buffalo, NY - The former head of the West Seneca Youth Baseball Association now stands charged with the theft of $50,000 from the league.
Kevin Chodkowski, 46, who was president of the association from 2011 to 2014, was indicted on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. Through his attorney, he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday before Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk.
The Erie County D.A.'s office says Chodkowski diverted funds using checks and ATM withdrawals from league accounts and fundraisers and then changed business records on invoices.The prosecutor says some of the ATM withdrawals were made near casinos.
His attorney says he tried to negotiate with prosecutors before his indictment.
Prosecutors says Chodkowski could face 2-1/2 to 7 years in prison if convicted.
His attorney say he expected his client to be released on the $25,000 bail set by the judge.