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Former Pop Warner Director for NJ, NY Admits Stealing Thousands from Group

David Marshall of Jackson pleaded guilty in federal court

Courtesy Pop Warner Facebook page
Courtesy Pop Warner Facebook page

The former regional director of the Eastern Region of Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. (Pop Warner) admitted stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization and using the funds for his personal benefit, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. 

David Marshall, of Jackson, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court on Monday to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud, according to a prepared statement from the US Attorney's office. 

Marshall was in charge of the Pop Warner's Eastern region which includes New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington D.C. Pop Warner, based in Pennsylvania, runs football and cheerleading programs for children of varying ages throughout the region.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court, as outlined in the prepared statement: 

"Between 2005 and 2011, Marshall performed work for Pop Warner on a voluntary basis and held various positions. From 2006 through 2011, Marshall was the regional director for the Eastern Region of Pop Warner. 

He was responsible for handling the finances of the Eastern Region and had access to its bank and credit card accounts. Marshall used his authority to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from Pop Warner. 

He improperly used funds from Pop Warner bank accounts to pay off personal debts and make cash withdrawals. Marshall also used a Pop Warner credit card to purchase personal items and other things unrelated to Pop Warner. 

The wire fraud count to which Marshall pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. As part of the plea, Marshall agreed to pay restitution to the victim of the offense in an amount that will be determined at sentencing, which is scheduled for June 25, 2014. 

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas P. Grippo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton. 

Defense counsel for Marshall is Brian P. Reilly Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton."

Shif January 29, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Like I've always said, too many adults involved in kids sports. They are in powerful board positions, saying "they're doin it for the kids". They do it for two reasons; 1. Nepotisism and 2. Power (money in some cases). Just look at all the tools from TR east LL and what they did!
grace January 29, 2014 at 09:02 AM
o my @ shif you are darn right! guess my new motto is trust no one. toms river is so corrupt it is sickening
grace January 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM
this kind of action is going to make people think twice when kids and their cans are in front of the germ butcher and other food stores thruout the county
patty warren January 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM
In the end I guess one could argue the money or a part of it from the kids who ask for donations in front of local businesses would fall into the hands of someone similar to the person in this story but for the most part the funds collected stay with the local organization for their needs.
jerseytomato January 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Residents of Toms River have been far too trusting - from the TR BOE, The TR Education Administration cafeteria, The former Ritacco Center, the TR Music Teacher who sold off school band instruments, and now this disgrace of a man. Background checks for any and all that want or will have access to any kind of funds that are generated for children. Cut up the credit cards, require PO's for all purchases, and dual signatures on EVERY STINKING CHECK. Trust no one.

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