A state lawsuit has been filed against a Massillon man accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from two youth baseball leagues he ran, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday.
Luther E. Copeland ran the Massillon Little League until 2016 when it ceased operation, after which he incorporated the Massillon Youth Baseball Association a year later. The lawsuit claims Copeland diverted more than $25,000 in funds from both organizations and spend the money for his own personal use, including car insurance, jewelry, and casino gambling.
“The kids deserve better than that," AG DeWine said in a statement. "We’re taking this action to hold this man accountable and to recover any charitable funds that were misused.”
The state is now seeking restitution from Copeland and hopes to prevent him from running or serving a role in any local future nonprofits. Massillon Youth Baseball would also be forced to comply with Ohio's charitable laws.