The former president of an Arlington little league was arrested Thursday, accused of stealing about $20,000 from the organization and the kids.
Police say Claudia Castillo, 34, stole the money from the Southeast Arlington Little League from October 2012 through September 2013.
She allegedly spent the money on living expenses.
Tammy Wilson, a Southeast Arlington Little League member, says when board members would question the missing money, Castillo would always offer up quick excuses.
When they finally dug into the finances, they discovered the theft. They set a meeting with Castillo, but her husband showed up and told board members his wife took the money. Then, the board called police.
The lost money would have covered all the league's operating costs for the year. So Wilson and other parents had to tell their kids the baseball season was over.
"I told mine what had happened and their question is why," Wilson said. "And I don't have an answer to that."
A total of 150 kids will either have to try and find another league to play for, or just wait until the spring.
Parents felt betrayed, especially since Castillo was a board member for four years and a friend to many of them.
"It's anger, sadness, heartbroke, devastation, disbelief," Wilson said. "It's all of it."
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