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Dec 02, 2019

Two Plead Guilty in Little League Theft Case

Two men have pleaded guilty to stealing funds from a Jackson Township Little League account, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced today that Anthony Del Vecchio, 64, and John Lehman, 56, both of Jackson, pleaded guilty this afternoon to theft by unlawful taking in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, a crime of the third degree before Judge Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C.

The state will be recommending a term of non-custodial probation for both defendants, conditioned upon each paying $63,085.41 in restitution to Holbrook Little League and performing 100 hours of community service.

Del Vecchio is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 24, and Lehman is scheduled to be sentenced March 13, both before Gizinski.

“Both defendants will be required to pay restitution in full on or before their respective sentencing date(s), pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement. If they don’t come up with the restitution in full, we will be seeking a custodial sentence,” Billhimer said. “This plea agreement was extended with the advice and consent of the Holbrooke Little League Executive Board.”

On Nov. 27, 2017, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office received information detailing the alleged theft of funds from the Holbrook Little League by Del Vecchio, then the league president. Subsequent investigation revealed that Del Vecchio and then-treasurer Lehman had converted over approximately $126,000 for their benefit. Del Vecchio and Lehman were the only signatories on the account, and both signatures were required on all checks.

Billhimer would like to acknowledge Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Heisler for prosecuting this case on behalf of the state and the diligent efforts of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad and High Tech Crime Unit for bringing the two defendants to justice.