Former Pop Warner official in Bucks County pleads guilty to stealing funds

A New Jersey man admitted Monday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Pop Warner organization based out of Langhorne, Bucks County, for the better part of the last decade, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey said.

David Marshall, of Jackson, volunteered for Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. from 2005 to 2011. Starting in 2006, he handled the organization's financial bookkeeping, according to the federal prosecutors.

The non-profit organization is based in Langhorne but while a volunteer there, Marshall acted as regional director for Pop Warner's Eastern Region, overseeing youth football, cheerleading and dance programs for numerous teams in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington D.C.

"Marshall wrote checks from the Business Checking Account to pay various personal expenses, including college tuition, student loans and payments to retail stores, among other things," the U.S. Attorney's Office had alleged. "It was further part of the scheme that defendant Marshall attempted to conceal his fraudulent activities by submitting false accounting spreadsheets and financial reports to Pop Warner's national headquarters."

He pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will also be ordered to pay restitution to Pop Warner, but the exact amount he stole was not released at his plea hearing.

A federal judge will determine his restitution at sentencing in June.

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