Ex-Coach Who Stole $15,000 Sentenced to Community Service, Restitution | Athletic Business

Ex-Coach Who Stole $15,000 Sentenced to Community Service, Restitution

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A former coach in Clarence, N.Y., was sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the community's baseball association. 

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn's office announced that 41-year-old Peter J. Pavlovich, of East Amherst, was sentenced last week by Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes to a conditional discharge. As part of his sentence, Pavlovich was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service.

According to the news release, Pavlovich admitted to stealing approximately $15,000 while serving as a baseball coach for the Town of Clarence Baseball Association. Pavlovich made unauthorized ATM withdrawals and deposited some player registration fees into his personal bank account between June 2017 and June 2020.

The theft was discovered following complaints by parents about the team’s finances and suspicious paperwork filed with the Clarence Baseball Association. Flynn's office said Pavlovich admitted to the crime when he questioned by authorities.

Pavlovich pleaded guilty to one count of attempted grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, on June 13. As part of the plea, he paid full restitution of $15,000 to the Clarence Baseball Association.

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