LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — The former president of the Livermore Little League board of directors has been arrested and charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the youth organization.
Livermore police arrested Denise Arante, 48, on Friday on a warrant for charges of felony embezzlement, forgery, and grand theft against the youth baseball organization.READ MORE: Search For Missing Santa Rosa Teen Last Seen Near Ice Skating Rink
Arante had league’s board president for about two years before her resignation in May 2019, which came amid an internal investigation into the theft of league funds. Police said Arante had been entrusted with full access to the organization’s banking account and finances.READ MORE: 14-Year-Old Arrested For Murder Of Teen Found Dead Near Train Tracks In Fairfield
The investigation was initially triggered by Arante’s personal bank discovering apparent fraudulent activity and reporting it to the league’s treasurer, police said. The league then reported the forgery to police and detectives uncovered evidence that Arante stole in excess of $22,000 from the league over a two-year period.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Winds Stoke Massive, Still-Growing Dixie Fire in Northern California
The case was presented to the Alameda District Attorney’s Office for review, which resulted in the issuance of a warrant for Arante’s arrest. Following her arrest, provided a statement to detectives in which she admitted responsibility, police said.