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Softball Coach Admits Stealing Thousands From Monmouth Team

Crime & Safety Softball Coach Admits Stealing Thousands From Monmouth Team The Neptune man coached Monmouth Surf, a girls travel team. He must repay $12,000 parents gave him, which he spent on himself, police said. Reply
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NPETUNE, NJ — A Neptune Township man who coached a competitive youth softball team has been sentenced to five years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to misusing thousands of dollars of the team’s money, said the Monmouth County Prosecutor.
The youth softball coach is Michael Lane, 54, and the team he coached is Monmouth Surf softball team, a girls travel softball team. He was sentenced this past Friday, Oct. 14. Along with five years’ probation, Lane was also ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution to be split among ten families whose daughters played on the team.
Lane was the head coach of the team since 2013, and he was given money from players to cover travel expenses and tournament costs. But on July 3, 2019, Lane admitted to parents on the team that he misused the funds given to him and the money was no longer available. He then informed parents he would pay back the funds, but the players’ participation in the tournaments would have to be cancelled.
When money was not paid back, parents reported the crime to the Tinton Falls Police. With assistance from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, detectives learned Lane instead cashed the checks, and used the money for personal expenses for himself and his family.

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