Durant man accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from kids baseball league

Published: Feb. 26, 2019 at 6:25 PM CST
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Durant police say Justin Alberda embezzled over $14,000 from the Durant Kids Baseball League. They say he spent that money online shopping, and on vacation in Las Vegas and Branson, Mo.

Court records state Alberda was using the money on Amazon, Sams Club, Auto Body Shops and restaurants among other places.

Police say a board member found out Alberda took the money from May to December last year.

There was also an online petition to have Alberda removed from his position. A former board member says he had harsh words for parents whose kids wanted to leave his team, and had personal conflicts with some of the league's umpires.

One league parent, who wished to remain anonymous for his children's safety, says he saw Alberda's actions first hand.

"Some things did come to fruition about him having a personal agenda within the league, because if he did not have his way, he would just make things do the way he needed to," said the parent.

Alberda told police he "borrowed" money from the league, with plans to pay it back with entry fees for baseball tournaments he wanted to host.

However, Alberda says the tournaments never made enough money to pay back what he borrowed.

Alberda told people proceeds from one tournament would go to the Pregnancy Center of Bryan County, but never gave them anything because he said it didn't make enough money.

Alberda declined our request for an interview.

"I think its a shame, someone would let a position of power get to them the way it has, in taking money from a league. Its just a sad deal. I don't wish anything like that on anybody but he kind of made his own bed," said the parent.

Alberda is out of the Bryan County Jail, and if convicted he could face up to five years in prison.

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