Former youth league director indicted for theft

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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The former director of a Wise County youth football league has been indicted by the grand jury for theft of property $1,500-$20,000 and credit card or debit card abuse.

Both are state jail felonies, punishable by 180 days to two years in jail.

Robert L. Vidal

Robert L. Vidal, 44, of Chico is accused of using a debit/credit card belonging to Wise County Midget and Pee Wee Football League as payment for a cruise in February 2012, according to the indictment. The thefts from the league account were ongoing from around September of 2011 to June 1, 2013, the indictment states.

An arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Wise County Messenger last October stated that Vidal took approximately $8,500 from the organization during that time period.

The Wise County Pee Wee Football Association was created in 2011 and included teams from Bridgeport, Paradise, Chico, Alvord and Jacksboro. Vidal was named director of the organization and put in charge of scheduling and finances for the league.

Each city’s youth football league initially contributed $600 to the account. Participants continued to add to the account from money raised through fees and fundraisers until the balance grew to between $8,000 and $10,000.

Last summer, the association decided it wanted to split back into city youth football leagues. But when the commissioners went to divide the funds, they discovered nothing was left in the account.

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