A Sharpsville man tasked with handling the finances of the Mercer County Girl’s Softball League faces formal arraignment in Common Pleas Court on May 28 for allegedly pocketing $38,000 from the league.

A District Magistrate ordered on Wednesday that six charges be held for court in the case of 54-year-old Brent Hanley.

The charges include three theft counts, receiving stolen property, deceptive business practices, and misapplication of entrusted property.

According to a court document, Hanley was the league’s treasurer from 2017 until the middle of last year when he was fired.  During this time, Hanley allegedly diverted $38,000 of the league’s funds into his bank account.

The money was from registration fees that were supposed to be used for promoting softball games and tournaments, purchasing equipment, and paying umpires.

Investigators say Hanley submitted false financial reports to the league.

A criminal complaint says that Hanley has admitted to taking only $2,000 from the league, claiming he had fallen on hard financial times.