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Missing funds from little league under investigation

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Representatives of Madison's Kennedy Little League say missing funds from the league's coffers are under investigation by the Madison Police Department.

League president Jerry Benisch declined further comment Friday when questioned by 27 News.

Former long-time league president Steve Verhage, who left the organization this year and declined to provide specifics about his departure to a 27 News reporter, did say the league's revenues were well-managed during his tenure.

But league marketing and photo coordinator Juli Stinson tells 27 News she feels the league's financial structure lacked appropriate checks and balances, and says most facility improvements have been the result of donations.

In an email to league coaches, Benisch wrote "...Law Enforcement has... contacted a person of interest," and assured coaches the league would be able to meet all its financial commitments. Benisch has not identified the amount of the missing money.

Children from Madison, Cottage Grove, Monona and McFarland participate in Kennedy Little League, with participant registration fees over $100.

Madison police spokesperson Office Howard Payne declined comment, citing the need to contact a member of police command staff.

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