Former president of Southeast Arlington Little League arrested, accused of embezzling thousands

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Police arrested the former president of the Southeast Arlington Little League on Thursday on a warrant accusing her of stealing more than $20,000, a theft the group says led to the cancellation of their fall season.

Claudia Yamell Castillo, 34, a hiring specialist for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, was booked into the Arlington City Jail in the morning. She was later released on $25,000 bail.

The arrest was based on evidence collected from bank records, said Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard.

Castillo has worked at the Copeland Road office of the state agency since July 2012, said agency spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales. The agency is launching an internal investigation of Castillo, Gonzales said.

Lucas Larson, president of Southeast Arlington Little League, declined to comment on Castillo’s arrest.

The board sent a letter to parents on Wednesday that said new policies and procedures have been put in place to prevent theft in the future.

During the summer, board members discovered unauthorized cash payments were made by Castillo and confronted her at an August meeting. After Castillo was voted off the board, Larson stepped up to take her place.

Arlington police Detective Allen Constantino began his investigation after vice president Tammy Wilson contacted the police on Labor Day. Financial records indicated that the embezzlement may have taken place over the course of a year.

Bankruptcy records show that Castillo and her husband, Luis Beltran Castillo Jr., have filed for bankruptcy four times since 2008, most recently in February. The latest filing lists about 70 creditors who are owed $194,288. The couple also lists $77,760 in assets, primarily their house.

The couple has four children between the ages of 4 and 13.

Larson said the league will continue to communicate with parents.

“I think originally we told [parents] some things were happening and didn’t name names,” he said. “Now we’ll reiterate our vision going forward for the spring, and how the community has rallied around us to get back on our feet.”

The league typically plays at Cravens Park off Matlock Road. While other leagues started play about two weeks ago, the Southeast league had to cancel its season because it didn't have enough money to operate.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792 Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

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