There is evidence that the young football players at Ellington Road Runners wore helmets during the 2018 season that were not reconditioned on time as their registration fees and other team income were paid into bank accounts in the name of the president of the organization, David S. Race.
This information comes from an affidavit from Ellington resident soldier Patrick O’Brien, which led to a judge’s approval of Race’s arrest for first degree theft a year ago. Race is accused of stealing more than $ 60,000 from the Ellington Youth Football and Cheer League from 2015 to 2018.
Race, 54, who has listed an address on Florence Street in Manchester, is free on $ 25,000 bail while the case is pending in Vernon Superior Court, court records show.
When O’Brien visited his Florence Street address on June 2, 2020, Race said the soldier took him by surprise and needed time to think things over and speak to a lawyer, reported the soldier. O’Brien wrote that he had not heard from Race at the time he filed the affidavit on June 10, 2020.
Reached Monday, Race’s lawyer J. Christopher Llinas declined to comment.
In the affidavit, the soldier quotes league vice president Brian Moody as saying in a written statement that the helmets were supposed to be reconditioned every two years and this was last done in May 2016.
The reconditioning process extends the life of the equipment and primarily involves cleaning and sanitizing, according to online research, but can also include testing a helmet to make sure it is safe.
Moody went on to relate the following, according to the soldier:
He said there had been discussions at the league’s spring 2018 board meetings about the helmet refurbishment. But in July 2018, Moody said that he and one of the head coaches noticed that the helmets still had 2016 certification stickers,
He said Race told him at the time that he planned to take the helmets to a company in New Jersey for reconditioning over the weekend. But when training began in August, Moody said, the helmets still had the 2016 stickers on. Moody said Race told him the helmets had been reconditioned and the company gave him a roll of stickers – but he hadn’t put them on yet.
Moody said he asked the organization’s treasurer if she saw any “bank statements or receipts” from either of the two repackaging companies, and she told him she hadn’t seen anything. of one of them.
The following weekend, Moody said, Race announced at a board meeting that the treasurer had resigned and been replaced by a man known to be a friend of hers.
Moody said he did not delve into the matter until the end of the season in December 2018, when he called two repackaging companies and was told neither had a repackaging record. Ellington helmets that year. He said he asked both companies if the work could be done in a weekend and was told it was a six to eight week process – and the companies don’t were not distributing sticker rolls.
The board was finally given access to the organization’s bank statements at its April 2019 meeting, Moody reported. He said he couldn’t find any charges for the reconditioning in June or July 2018, when Race said the job was done. The job cost $ 3,500 in 2016, and there were “no costs close to that amount in 2018,” Moody reported.
He said he and his wife also discovered upon reviewing the statements that there had been no deposits to the bank account at the organization’s online registration website.
The soldier said he obtained records from Blue Sombrero, a partner of Dick’s Sporting Goods that operates websites and other management tools for youth sports leagues, and found the entry fee had been deposited into a bank account in the name of Race from October 2015 to August. 2018.
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