Victims of bowling league embezzlement want their money back

(WMC-TV) - A former Shelby County Commissioner is charged with embezzling money from a Mid-South bowling league.

Thomas Hart allegedly stole from leagues at Cotton Bowl Lanes in Southaven.

"People deserve to have their money back," said Frank Woodson, president of one of the teams.

Bowlers pay into a prize pool. At the end of the year, whichever teams knock down the most pins take home the extra cash.

"We're talking about almost $29,000 to $30,000," Woodson said.

League presidents like Woodson say they've made several requests to get their checks, but Southaven Police say the money is nowhere to be found.

"He hasn't been down here or anything to explain anything to the leagues since we first started requesting the money," Woodson said.

Hart is out on bond after being arrested and charged Friday.

Action News 5's Michael Clark left messages with Hart's office and his attorney, but the calls were not returned.

James Maxwell just wants the money back in the hands of league bowlers.

"That's part of my retirement going into the league and enjoying life and when it come to the end of the season you can't enjoy life if you don't have no money," Maxwell said.

Maxwell felt bowlers were due an apology.

"I'm going to church every Sunday and everything so yeah I'd be willing to forgive and forget," said Maxwell.

Right now, investigators say they don't anticipate filing additional charges on anyone else.

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