Texas Little League president stole thousands of dollars for George Strait tickets, lingerie and jewelry
A former president of a North Texas youth baseball league stole thousands of dollars from the organization to buy George Strait tickets, hotel stays and Victoria’s Secret lingerie.
Eric Fletcher pleaded guilty this month to theft of property while serving as president of the Decatur Baseball League, the Wise County Messenger reported.
As of August 2016, Fletcher stole at least $40,000 from the youth league.
Using the organization’s debit card, he purchased tickets to a George Strait concert in Las Vegas for $1,307.06; hotel rooms at a Holiday Inn in Corpus Christi for $575; a washer and dryer for $472; James Avery jewelry for $406; Victoria’s Secret lingerie for $216; and $140 for tinted windows on his car, according to the newspaper.
Fletcher also withdrew nearly $20,000 from ATMs and spent $1,393 at restaurants.
The thefts were uncovered in 2019 when league officials in Decatur, northwest of Fort Worth, discovered anomalies in their banking transaction history.
“I think it was a crime of opportunity,” Wise County District Attorney James Stainton told the Wise County Messenger. “He was the only person who had access to it and did it, and that’s unfortunate. When you steal from little children, it’s not OK.
As part of the plea deal, Fletcher was given five years probation and will have to repay $28,000 to the league. He made his first payment of $10,000 last week.
Fletcher did not immediately respond to a post seeking comment on social media.