The treasurer of a nonprofit youth baseball organization was arrested and arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, the New York Post reports. William Jacobvitz, 56, was indicted for stealing more than $90,000 from the New York Gothams.
The indictment accuses Jacobvitz, the only person with access to the organization’s bank account, of making more than 50 unauthorized withdrawals between November 2011 and April 2014, as well as using a debit card associated with the accounts to pay for thousands of dollars of repair work to his personal car.
“This defendant is accused of committing a big theft from a beloved Little League organization,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “Many nonprofits rely on charitable donations to support programs benefitting the communities they serve, and in this case, the defendant is charged with misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars that may have otherwise have gone toward scholarships for aspiring young athletes.”
Jacobvitz—who, according to his lawyer, works in construction—was arrested at his apartment on the Upper West Side of 22 years and arraigned a few hours later on one charge of grand larceny. According to the Post, he appeared in court wearing a Kenyon College baseball T-shirt, across which was printed the phrase, “Step Up to the Plate.”
On Friday, prosecutors said that Jacobvitz’s alleged embezzlement came to light when another employee of the Little League organization demanded access to the bank records. “The defendant tried to put her off for weeks and tried conceal the theft by trying to show her spreadsheets,” Assistant District Attorney Catherine McCaw said.
Eventually, Jacobvitz admitted that he had been stealing, but tried to obscure the amount. “He said $20,000, then $50,000 when pressed, when in reality he took in excess of $90,000,” McCaw told the judge.
Bail was set at $20,000.
Correction: This post has been changed to note that Gothams is an independent youth baseball league, not part of Little League Baseball. A line about the group being “essentially bankrupted” has also been removed since neither Gothams nor the D.A.’s office has released any of the group’s financial information.