American Little League in Port St. Lucie says $38,000 is unaccounted for in group's bank accounts

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Members of the American Little League in Port St. Lucie say they cannot account for $38,000 removed from the group's bank accounts.

For more than a month, the league board of directors has been trying to account for the money, but have no receipts to show how the money was spent.

The board president was suspended after not showing up to two meetings held to discuss the funds, according to Florida District 17, a governing body over 36 little league baseball teams from Hobe Sound to Sebastian.

District 17 information officer Jim Mougeatte said his offices are cooperating with the Port St. Lucie Police Department.

The police department confirmed Thursday that there is an open investigation into the league's funds.

Mougeatte said District 17 learned of an outstanding balance on uniforms from the league's last season.

"It's heart wrenching, especially when it deals with the children. I mean, this is a program designed for the children," said Mougeatte.

Todd Miller is part of Port St. Lucie's Southwestern League.

That league and other donors gave money to the American League so players could have uniforms and games could continue as scheduled this year.

Addressing the funds that are unaccounted for, Miller said, is "a big lesson now for all the baseball parks."

"We should all be accountable for, if your on the board, you should know what's going on almost all the time," Miller said.

Mougeatte said the timetable for completing the investigation cannot be determined at this time.

The league and police are requesting documents from banks the league uses to move forward with the investigation.

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