July 18, 2019

Portland man accused in sport funds theft

PORTLAND – The former treasurer for Portland youth football and Bayside Little League is accused of embezzling more than $46,000.

Edward “Ted” Luebbert Jr. was indicted Wednesday on charges of felony theft for allegedly stealing from the two youth sports organizations. Police said he deposited checks into his personal bank account while serving as acting treasurer in 2006 and 2007.

Defense lawyer J.P. DeGrinney said there was no intent to deprive the organizations of money. He said some money has been paid back. But Portland police Lt. Anthony Ward said the money never should have been put in Luebbert’s personal bank account to begin with.

Luebbert, a former executive with Banknorth Group, was an unsuccessful candidate for the Portland school committee in 2000.

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