Embezzlement charge against youth club leader

HAMPSTEAD, PENDER COUNTY - Investigators say the president of a youth baseball club in Pender County stole more than $30,000 from the organization.

Pender County deputies said in a news release that 46-year-old Thomas Dematteo has been charged with embezzlement.

Authorities say Dematteo took the money from the Topsail Baseball Club in Hampstead for 15 months starting in April 2013. Dematteo was both president and treasurer of the club.

Deputies say the case remains under investigation. It was not known if Dematteo has a lawyer.

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