Little League’s money spent on fashion items, affidavit says

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Nail salons, an outlet mall and checks payable to cash are how a former Arlington Little League president allegedly spent money from youth baseball business accounts, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Tuesday.

Claudia Yamell Castillo, 34, was arrested Thursday on a warrant accusing her of stealing more than $20,000 from the Southeast Arlington Little League. Castillo is out on $25,000 bail.

Current league President Lucas Larson said the thefts and the shirking of responsibility on Castillo’s part resulted in the cancellation of fall baseball.

Castillo reportedly took $23,113.62 over a year from the Southeast Arlington Little League, according to the affidavit.

A detailed audit provided to police by league Vice President Tammy Wilson found $8,836.32 in unauthorized credit and debit card purchases and $14,277.30 in stolen cash.

“Upon reviewing the transactions, I observed several visits to nail salons as well as numerous purchases at Grand Prairie Outlet Mall during ‘tax-free weekend,’ which were definitely not related to the league. Also seen were numerous business checks written out to Claudia herself or made payable to ‘cash,’” police Detective Allen Constantino stated.

Board secretary Kim Mejia also obtained business records from Chase Bank and conducted the initial audit that found several thousand dollars missing. She also reviewed credit and debit card purchases, the affidavit states.

Luis Beltran Castillo Jr. attended an Aug. 26 emergency board meeting in place of his wife and asked whether he could pay restitution, according to police reports.

The board denied the request and Wilson filed a theft report with the Arlington police Sept. 2.

“After reviewing Wilson’s statement, I contacted Claudia Castillo via her cell phone. Castillo admitted she knew why I was calling and requested to consult with her attorney,” Constantino wrote.

Castillo has no criminal history. She quit her job at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Since the Star-Telegram broke the story, numerous residents have called asking for ways to donate to the league, including players for the Texas Rangers.

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

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