Bond was set at $5,000 for the former treasurer of the Galesburg Youth Cal Ripken Baseball League accused of stealing approximately $22,000 from the organization. Rhonda R. Perkins, 46, 1145 N. Cherry St., was arrested at 8 p.m. Tuesday and charged with theft over $10,000, a Class 3 felony offense punishable by two to five years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

Bond was set at $5,000 for the former treasurer of the Galesburg Youth Cal Ripken Baseball League accused of stealing approximately $22,000 from the organization.

Knox County Assistant State’s attorney John Schlake asked the court to set bond at $2,500 for Rhonda R. Perkins, 46, 1145 N. Cherry St. Schlake said Perkins does not have a criminal record and has ties to the community. Ninth Circuit Judge Steven Bordner set the bond at $5,000 with 10 percent to apply, meaning Perkins needs $500 to get out of jail. She also was appointed a public defender.

Perkins was arrested at 8 p.m. Tuesday and charged with theft over $10,000, a Class 3 felony offense punishable by two to five years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

According to Troy McCrery, president of the GYCRBL, he found some suspicious transactions when he reviewed the league’s account in preparation for the 2008 budget.

The GYCRBL executive board met for a complete review of the account and turned the matter over to police. “The executive board then took immediate action by requesting that the Galesburg Youth Cal Ripken Baseball League adopt new policies and procedures regarding the handling of the financials,” McCrery said in a statement. “The board wishes to thank the community for their continued support of the league, and I assure you that the Galesburg Youth Cal Ripken Baseball League will continue to provide this community with a quality baseball program.”

According to police, Perkins used the baseball organization’s ATM card for cash withdrawals and wrote checks made out to herself and cash. In addition to the cash thefts, Perkins allegedly made unauthorized purchases at J.C. Penney, Bergners and other stores. A Galesburg police detective said the GYCRBL board is still reviewing records and the total amount of misappropriated funds could be even higher.

A preliminary hearing for Perkins is scheduled for Friday.

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