Former youth baseball treasurer arrested, ‘very sad day’

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – A former treasurer of an area youth baseball league is charged with stealing almost $7,800 from the league.

Janell Workinger, 34, of Delphi, faces one count of theft in Cass County.

According to court documents she took the money from the Delphi Youth Baseball League to pay her own bills while she was treasurer from 2010 through 2013.

League president John Ragan told News 18, Workinger decided not to run for another one year term last fall. Then new treasurer Carrie Snider found irregularities.

He said the league operates on a budget of about $80,000.

Investigators believe Workinger took exponentially larger amounts of money each year. Initial records showed Workinger took $280.67 in 2010, $1,186.23 in 2011, $1,960.59 in 2012 and $4,813.39 in 2013 for a total of $8,240.88. However, further research revealed the amount to be $7,799.76. It is unknown the reasoning for the decrease or which year or years it came in.

Ragan said league policies have changed to keep it from happening again. Now, league officers need at least two signatures to pay the bills.

“It’s a very sad day. All of that belongs to the kids,” Ragan said. “I know that it happens to non-profit organizations, but I wish it wouldn’t have happened to this one.”

Sources tell News 18 that Workinger had been employed as an office assistant at Delphi schools, but she is no longer an employee.

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