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W.Va. youth league executive accused of funds theft

A Fairmont man is facing charges that he embezzled about $10,000 from a youth football league.

John Dahlia was arraigned Wednesday in Marion County Magistrate Court after turning himself in.
 
A criminal complaint says Dahlia is the treasurer for the East Fairmont Rockets football and cheerleading organization.
 
It says he used the group's electronic funds card to make personal purchases that included fuel, food and items for his own consulting business. He's also accused of charging the Rockets nearly $2,000 in personal copying expenses.
 
Dahlia has been the Rockets' treasurer since January. His attorney, Sean Logue of Morgantown, says Dahlia has attempted to pay back the funds that were missing.  Logue says he hopes to resolve the matter.
 
Dahlia is free on $10,000 bond.

Editor's Note: Dahlia serves on the board for The Educational Broadcasting Authority, which holds the licenses for all the West Virginia Public Radio and West Virginia Public Broadcasting television stations in the state.


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