Softball umpire arrested on check fraud charges

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Levi Bowling has been a licensed official with the Kentucky High School Athletics Association for the past six years. Police say in mid-April, he umpired a South Laurel Middle School game and was given a check for $65.

"He's accused of duplicating the check and actually he cashed one check and deposited the other, so he got paid twice," said London Police Officer James Eric Stallard.

One thing that made the alleged fraud easy to spot, they say, was that none of the numbers on the check had been altered. It was an exact duplicate.

"Usually they'll change the check number, they'll change something minute on the check. I've never seen one just duplicated and replaced with the same check," said Officer Stallard.

Police said they discovered Bowling already had an outstanding warrant in Clay County for failure to appear on another charge of possession of a forged instrument. When he showed up to umpire a game in Jackson County Thursday night, he was arrested. Friday, he was taken back to Clay County. KHSAA officials say he'll be pulled from the officiating schedule as the charges are investigated and police say other schools who have paid him should check their statements. They said Bowling had passed a background check about two years ago.

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