JACKSON – The former treasurer to the Holbrook Little League team had to pay back $63,085.41 and serve 100 hours of community service, police said.
John Lehman, 57, of Jackson, will also have one year of non-custodial probation. According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, he has paid the money back.
Anthony Del Vecchio, the league’s former president, had been sentenced earlier this year to two years of non-custodial probation and 100 hours of community service. He also paid back $63,085.41 at the time of his sentencing.
The charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking stem back to 2017, when the two of them converted more than $126,000 of the league’s funds for their own benefit. The league had been raising money to go to the World Series, and people around the area donated to make sure the boys could make the trip. Then, questions began being raised about how the money was being spent.
“Del Vecchio – and now Lehman – have both been made to answer for their betrayal of the faith and trust placed in them by the families that comprise the Holbrook Little League,” Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said. “The league has been made whole by the repayment of monies stolen, and hopefully the league will continue to grow and recover from this dark period, but these two individuals will be branded as thieves for the rest of their lives, and deservedly so.”
He thanked Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Heisler who handled this case and recognized the work of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad and High Tech Crime Unit.