The former treasurer of a South Jersey youth sports league allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from the program, the New Jersey Attorney General's office said Thursday.
Michael DiFlorio, 49, of Williamstown, Gloucester County, allegedly stole $56,777 from the South Jersey Elite Invitational Youth Football League from July 2014 to June 2016, the attorney general's office said.
As treasurer, DiFlorio allegedly used an unauthorized debit card linked to the league’s bank account for personal expenses, Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in a press statement. Those expenses allegedly totaled more than $42,000.
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DiFlorio also allegedly stole more than $14,000 in cash from the league, including from proceeds of the league's 2015 championship game, Porrino said.
“Instead of being an honest steward and faithfully ensuring that every dollar entrusted to him was used for the benefit of local athletes, DiFlorio is alleged to have crookedly stolen league funds,” he said. “He betrayed the league’s young members and set the worst possible example for them.”
DiFlorio faces up to five years in state prison if convicted on third-degree theft charges.