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Coach Convicted of Stealing $15K from Youth Baseball Team

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A man in New York has pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $15,000 from the Town of Clarence Baseball Association while he worked as a coach for the organization. 

According to a filing on from the district attorney,  Peter J. Pavlovich, 40, of East Amherst pleaded guilty this week before an Erie County Court judge to one count of attempted grand larceny, which is a Class A misdemeanor. 

Pavlovich admitted to stealing the money between June 2017 and June 2020. He said he made numerous unauthorized ATM withdrawals and deposited some player registration fees into his personal bank account.

The theft was discovered following complaints by parents about team finances and suspicious team accountings filed with the Clarence Baseball Association. The defendant subsequently admitted to the crime when questioned by members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office during the investigation.

As part of his guilty plea today, Pavlovich paid full restitution to the Clarence Baseball Association.

Pavlovich faces a maximum of one year in jail when he is sentenced in September. He remains released on his own recognizance as the charge is a non-qualifying offense for bail.


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