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No prison for baseball ump who defrauded Veteran Affairs

Alan Lexier. - Richmond Review file photo
Alan Lexier.
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The former umpire-in-chief for the Richmond City Baseball Association has avoided time in prison for defrauding the federal government of nearly $130,000.

Alan Lexier appeared in Richmond provincial court on Friday for his sentencing following guilty pleas to two counts of fraud.

Lexier has already reimbursed the federal government for the money he misappropriated.

Lexier admitted to cashing the pension cheques of his wife’s father, Benjamin Dewberry, even after his death on Jan. 24, 1998. Lexier continued to cash those cheques until as late as Sept. 30, 2006, according to court documents obtained last year by The Richmond Review.

Vince Michaels, Lexier’s lawyer, said his client’s wife and family were completely unaware of what he was doing until police investigators first knocked at the door to the family’s Richmond home in 2009.

Richmond provincial court Judge W. F. W. Yee handed Lexier a 12-month conditional sentence, with the first three months requiring Lexier to remain home unless for medical reasons, or for routine morning and afternoon exercise sessions. For the next six months of the conditional sentence, Lexier is subject to a curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Up until last summer, Lexier served as the umpire-in-chief for Richmond City Baseball Association.

Michaels told the court that his client was remorseful about what occurred, and was immediately helpful with police as soon as they began asking questions during their investigation

“Mr. Lexier takes complete responsibility for what happened, and he has from the very beginning,” Michaels said. “He alone was fully responsible for this.”

Lexier kept his family in the dark, Michaels said.

While Lexier is looking forward to putting this case behind him, he’s got more challenges ahead.

He was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, and underwent surgery last month, and will spend much of the next six months taking chemotherapy.

“He feels relieved to have the proceedings behind him so that he can concentrate on his recovery, and continue to make amends to his family and his community.”

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