Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off Man who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from a youth baseball league. Blaine Curole, 40, turned himself in Monday following an investigation into the matter.
Curole had served as president of the Larose-Cut Off Baseball League from 2015 until 2017. During that time, Curole had opened a bank account for the league at a local bank branch, and he was reportedly the only person with access to the account. In December 2017, Curole turned over financial records to the board of directors. The board found several discrepancies including over $16,000 in debit card charges at various stores, restaurants, and gas stations, which was not the intended use of the account funds. There were also checks cashed for $3,600 with no explanation.
The board met with Curole in January 2018 and disclosed their findings. Curole admitted to using the account funds for personal use and requested the board give him the total amount he owed and time to pay it back. The board granted Curole’s request, asking him to repay the funds, but Curole did not comply. At that point, the board contacted the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to pursue charges. As part of the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the league bank account. Investigators found nearly $40,000 in discrepancies with the account during the time Curole had access to it.
In March 2019, detectives made contact with Curole in an effort to speak to him about the charges and requested he bring in any receipts to validate the charges. After several days wherein Curole made no attempt to contact or meet with detectives, a warrant was obtained for his arrest.
On Monday, April 1, Curole turned himself in at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was booked on the warrant for one count of Felony Theft. He was subsequently released after posting $10,000 bail.