Stephanie Suzanne Blackburn, 41, entered a plea agreement May 30 in an embezzlement case involving the Linden Little League.

 She was arraigned March 21 in Genesee County 67th District Court on one felony count of embezzlement (agent or trustee) of an amount between $1,000 and $19,999. Blackburn pleaded no contest.

 With the plea agreement, the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, and she was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,000, which was paid Friday, May 31.

 The case was sent to probation, and formal sentencing will take place July 17.

 Linden Police Chief Scott Sutter said in October 2018, the Little League of Linden voted in a new executive board to run the Little League. The new executive board requested the financials from the bank and discovered some suspicious financial activity. Sutter said the suspicious transactions were brought to the Linden Police Department for further investigation.

 During the investigation, it was found that Blackburn was the president of the Little League of Linden from late 2012 through Oct. 21, 2018. 

 “During this time it was found that Ms. Blackburn was using Little League of Linden funds for personal use,” Sutter said.

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