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A Trabuco Canyon man was charged with 18 counts of embezzlement for allegedly embezzling more than $87,000 from a Rancho Santa Margarita youth sports league, authorities said Friday.
Joshua Paul Nowack, 42, was the treasurer of the Tijeras Creek Little League organization in Rancho Santa Margarita when the offenses took place, prosecutors said.
From January 2014 to September 2017, Nowack is accused of embezzling $87,500 from the organization by transferring funds from the league to personal bank accounts.
The activity was reported to the Orange County Sheriff's Department in October 2017, when Nowack's successor reviewed financial records for the league and noticed suspicious withdrawals and deposits, prosecutors said.
Following an investigation, Nowack was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on Thursday.
Nowack is scheduled to appear in Central Jail Court on Oct. 5, according to court records.
The charges include a sentencing enhancement for property damage over $65,000. Details about the damage were not immediately available.
Nowack could face more than 15 years in Orange County jail if convicted on all counts.
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