Former president of Lincoln youth sports club charged with embezzling more than $250,000

September 29, 2018 GMT

A Lincoln man has been accused of embezzling more than $250,000 from a nonprofit, Christian-based youth sports group during his four years as president and director.

Jered T. Dworak, 42, was charged Thursday with felony theft. If convicted, Dworak could be sentenced up to 20 years.

After turning himself in on Thursday, Dworak was released on bail.

According to an affidavit filed by prosecutors, Dworak withdrew more than $183,000 from nonprofit funds for himself and nearly an additional $37,000 for his wife. Dworak had reported to Ambassadors Basketball Academy board members that he was receiving no compensation.

Dworak’s father, John Dworak, was an authorized signer on the ABA accounts. The father said he issued monthly checks to his son to cover his mortgage, totaling more than $48,000. Dworak’s father told prosecutors this was his only involvement and he had no knowledge of further embezzlement.

Dworak became the president and director of ABA in May 2014. According to the group’s website, Dworak left in May.

ABA’s current president and director released a letter Friday, stating that the nonprofit has set up a new LLC and is a completely separate entity from the former ABA.

According to the letter, the group’s mission is to use “youth sports to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.”