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The former head of the Ashland Little League has landed in prison for defrauding that organization and a charity fund set up for the family of an injured child.
Monday, Lynn Newell was sentenced on two counts of embezzlement and one count of check forgery and will serve a combined 12 months incarceration.
According to court documents, Newell met with an Ashland Police Department investigator March 14 regarding allegations she had embezzled $23,700 of league funds during her tenure as president. When questioned by investigators, Newell agreed that amount was correct. She also did not deny she had forged Ronald Maier’s signature on two checks, when asked by an investigator.
In the same interview, Newell said she had taken the money “to help pay bills and take care of her family.”
When asked about the Canton Goodman Fund, Newell said “she probably had taken some money from it, but could not say how much because everything kind of ran together.”
The incidents in question occurred between Dec. 2010 and Jan. 2013. Newell was arrested April 10.
In addition to time served, Newell was ordered to pay $5,025 restitution to the Ashland Little League and another $3,775 to Joy Goodman for the “Canton Goodman Fund.”