A former president of Pleasanton American Little League was arrested Thursday morning after police allege he stole more than $20,000 from the league's accounts, using some of the money to pay for a family trip to Southern California.
Jeremy Lee Cardera, 35, of Pleasanton was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on felony charges of embezzlement and passing a bad check, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber.
Police began their investigation in late December after receiving reports of $20,708.91 being taken from Pleasanton American Little League financial accounts, with then-president Cardera being identified as the culprit, Schlehuber said.
According to the sergeant, when league representatives confronted Cardera about the suspicious financial transactions, he quickly resigned as league president and later attempted to repay the league by writing a personal check from an account that had insufficient funds to cover the payment.
Police allege Cardera paid for a family vacation to Southern California by using money stolen from the league's bank accounts. Schlehuber said investigators verified the trip through bank statements, hotel reservation records and photographs posted to social media.
According to Schlehuber, investigators also found that Cardera made cash withdrawals at an ATM and inside banks, and a majority of the withdrawals from Pleasanton American Little League accounts occurred on the same day he deposited money into his personal bank account.
In most cases, the amount taken from the league account matched the amount deposited into Cardera's account, the sergeant added.
Pleasanton police took Cardera into custody on an arrest warrant early Thursday morning, booking him into the county jail around 8:15 a.m. with bail set at $20,000, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office website.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in court Friday morning, according to the sheriff's website.