Former employee costs Boys and Girls Clubs over $ 160,000 in theft and fraud
MILWAUKEE – A former employee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization from 2012 to 2018, according to a criminal complaint.
Miguel Green, 54, of Milwaukee now faces a number of charges of theft, fraud and embezzlement.
The complaint states that investigators discovered several schemes and alleges that Green abused his position of trust. He states that he spent money on himself, his girlfriends and others affiliated with the organization’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.
Green’s schemes and crimes directly cost the organization more than $ 100,000 and indirectly cost BGCGM tens of thousands of additional dollars in unpaid bills, wasted programs and lost revenue, according to the complaint.
In one case, the complaint states that Green stole the RBI player fees and deposited more than $ 20,000 of those fees into his personal account instead of handing them over to the organization.
In another case, the complaint read: “As the coordinator of the RBI program, Green submitted fraudulent documents and thus requested BGCGM to issue checks payable to Green’s acquaintances and relatives. Green demanded that BGCGM issue checks to ‘umpires’ who have never worked at baseball games, to franchise ‘volunteers’ who never volunteered, and to baseball instructors who have never worked. given instruction. “
Green’s claims were “backed up” by paperwork with forged signatures and fabricated Social Security numbers, according to the complaint.
A charge of theft and misrepresentation has been filed against Green’s sister, Yezlin Wade, 36.
The complaint indicates that between approximately December 2017 and May 2018, Green and Wade conspired to defraud the BGCGM. The object of the plot was to obtain money from BGCGM. The manner and means of the plot involved the creation of a company – Excelling Sports USA, LLC – which was then used as a front to bill BGCGM and receive checks for services never provided by Excelling Sports.
Green’s crimes cost the organization more than $ 166,000, according to the complaint.
He is scheduled to appear for the first time on May 19. Wade is scheduled to appear for the first time on June 11.
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Statement from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee:
For more than 130 years, the priorities of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) have been the safety and protection of the youth we serve and the responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by our donors. Miguel Green, a former employee of BGCGM, was recently charged with five counts of theft and conspiracy to commit theft involving several organizations, including BGCGM. In 2018, BGCGM discovered that Green had committed several policy violations. Green was immediately banned from all Club programs and facilities and his employment terminated. BGCGM also reported Green’s actions to the police. BGCGM has put in place stricter policies and internal controls to further protect and strengthen the finances and operations of the organization. Fortunately, this person’s actions did not impact the organization’s programming or any of the children we serve.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is committed to the highest level of ethical standards and integrity and does not tolerate any inappropriate or illegal activity by any staff member, volunteer or youth . Before being hired, all employees undergo a thorough criminal background check.
Our organization remains optimistic about the return of embezzled funds. We thank the Milwaukee Police Department for their thorough investigation into this matter.