The two men accused of taking more than $16,000 from the Winchester Youth Baseball League’s bingo operation have a year to repay and may escape any jail time.
Larry K. Roe, a former president of the league, and Mark F. Thomas agreed to make full restitution Wednesday as part of a pre-trial diversion entered in Clark District Court. If they make full payment within a year, their charges of theft by failure to make required disposition of property will be dismissed, Clark County Attorney Brian Thomas said.
The pair were charged in October following an investigation by the state Division of Charitable Gaming into the league’s bingo operation. According to court documents, Roe, 47 of 209 Sandalwood Drive, and Thomas, 49 of 140 Casa Landa Way, took $16,586.28 from the league’s accounts between April 2009 and November 2009. Roe allegedly worked with Mark Thomas to create a second entity called Hometown Athletics to pay volunteers at the league’s bingo games. Under state law, volunteers are not allowed to be paid.