T-Ball Coach Accused Of Embezzlement Surrenders, Bonds Out Of Jail in New Mexico
An Anthony man accused of collecting more than $1,000 in fees for a youth t-ball team surrendered to authorities this week and subsequently bonded out of jail.
Moises Martinez, 40, was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on Dec. 1 just before 9 p.m. According to jail records, he posted a $3,500 secured bond the following day at 4:35 p.m.
Martinez is charged with embezzlement after he allegedly did not produce uniforms as promised and failed to hold any practices.
According to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department detectives, several parents came forward to report they had answered a Facebook post from Martinez, who was reportedly organizing a t-ball team for children ages four to six years of age.
Altogether, 13 parents paid Martinez $1,100 for registration fees, uniforms and t-shirts. Shortly after, Martinez began to cancel practice and did not return phone calls.
One of the parents reported the incident to the sheriff’s department, which launched an investigation.
Parents of the children who signed up for the team reportedly began coaching the team themselves, with donated t-shirts.