WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – A Bridgeport man was arrested Wednesday on charges he embezzled more than $40,000 in funds and equipment from Westport Little League.
Kevin Hlavac, 39, admitted to the allegations after the Westport Baseball & Softball Board of Directors alerted police in March to an internal audit that uncovered the misappropriated funds, police said.
As a board member, Hlavac had authorization “to order equipment and submit expense reports for reimbursement,” police said. Hlavac is a former vice president of the organization.
According to police:
(Hlavac) admitted to falsifying invoices, cancelling orders after submitting invoices for equipment so that payment was made to him by the league but the items were never delivered, billing the league for clinics that were never held, having parents pay for hotel rooms and expenses for out-of-town games and then not paying them back even though he submitted invoices and was reimbursed by the League, and selling league merchandise and keeping the money.
Hlavac was charged with first-degree larceny. He posted $5,000 bail and is to appear June 5 in Norwalk Superior Court.
Westport Baseball & Softball Board of Directors Chairman Jeff White said in a statement that Hlavac has resigned from and is no longer affiliated with the organization. White said the board has updated its “financial procedures” to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.
“Westport Baseball & Softball will continue to deliver all of the popular, broad-based programs that we always have,” White said. “With the weather starting to break and a new season on the horizon, we look forward to another fun, productive, successful year for our more than 1200 children.”
David Fiore is a Westport baseball parent who was shocked to hear about the embezzlement charges against Hlavac.
“I was very surprised because my dealings with Kevin have always been very good,” Fiore said. “I’d be very disappointed to hear if this is true.”
The Associated Press and News 8’s Stephanie Simoni contributed to this report.