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Coach accused of stealing nearly $5000 from softball team

Stephen Wayne McLeod  (Photo from: Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Stephen Wayne McLeod (Photo from: Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

(The following is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.)

JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Friday, July 17, 2015, an affidavit was signed, pressing charges against Stephen Wayne McLeod, 41 of Ellisville.  McLeod was being accused of stealing $4,950.00, the funds from a softball team he had formed.

Near the end of May 2015, McLeod approached a group of parents about starting a fast pitch softball team for girls.  The team would be established in Jones County and he would serve as the coach.  The team soon developed and parents were asked to pay $300 per player, to cover expenses that would include uniforms, equipment and tournament fees.  Shortly after the money had been collected, parents began questioning as to when the merchandise was to arrive.  In mid June, after being told on several occasions that the goods were on their way, the parents confronted McLeod about the missing items and a verbal argument ensued.  After that point all communication from McLeod ceased.  

The team decided to take action and contacted the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.  McLeod was taken into custody on Monday, July 20, 2015 and charged with Embezzlement.  During the interview process, McLeod admitted to taking some of the team’s funds for personal use.  Judge Billie Graham set his bond for $7,500.   

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