CARMICHAEL, Calif. — Carmichael Little League is getting ready for opening day despite the fact its entire budget was stolen.
Back in October 2018, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said Jennifer Haymart allegedly embezzled more than $52,000 from the league's bank account between July 2017 and November 2017. Haymart was the treasurer for the league during that time span.
Haymart, a former elementary school treasurer, also allegedly stole more than $85,000 from the Deterding Parent Teacher Organization, according to sheriff's officials.
The little league has tried to get donations to help with the loss of the budget through a GoFundMe page. They've been able to make small repairs to the scoreboard, snack bar, and field, but it still isn't enough.
"We filed an insurance claim with our broker and unfortunately the DA cannot release some of the information from the investigation. So, until that's available, they have our insurance claim on hold," said Bruce Steubing, parent and coach.
Neighboring little leagues have also donated, but they're still short about $30,000. They're figuring out how to make up for their loss, but for now, they're focused on making sure the kids have a great opening day.
Haymart is out on bail. Her next court appearance is in April and she hasn't entered a plea.
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