JACKSON-2017 was a banner year for Holbrook Little League. The team reached the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. The community rallied behind the program and the team, with individuals and donors sponsoring events and making financial donations.
Shortly after their success in Williamsport, families said things weren’t adding up. After a complaint was made to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, an investigation revealed that at least two of its board members were skimming money from the league.
Today, they were indicted.
The prosecutor’s office announced the indictments of Anthony Del Vecchio, age 64, and John Lehman, age 56, both of Jackson, New Jersey for Theft by Unlawful Taking by Taking Monies in Excess of $75,000.00 in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a.
On November 27, 2017, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office received information detailing the alleged theft of funds from the Holbrook Little League by League President Anthony Del Vecchio. An investigation was initiated into the use of funds by the executive board of the Holbrook Little League. This investigation revealed that Del Vecchio and Treasurer John Lehman had converted over $118,000.00 for their benefit. Del Vecchio and Lehman were the only signatories on the account and both signatures were required on all checks.
Both could be looking at between 18 months and 5 years in prison if convicted.