Owner of GJ Youth Sports Organization Arrested for Fraud
A Grand Junction man associated with a local junior football league has been arrested and charged with three counts of Fraud by Check, a class 6 felony.
According to a press released from the Grand Junction Police Department posted on February 27, William "Billy" Lampshire, 31, was arrested for knowingly writing fraudulent checks totaling more than $30,000.
Through the course of that initial investigation, detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department became aware of several allegations of bad checks being written by Lampshire from the football league’s account. - Grand Junction Police Department press release
A warrant was requested on the basis that Lampshire knowingly issued checks on an account with insufficient funds. Earlier today, Lampshire was arrested without incident in the 2400 block of Brookwillow Loop. He has since been remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility on the no-bond warrant.
Events leading up to the arrest date back to late 2018.
In November of 2018, Lampshire contacted the Grand Junction Police Department to report the possible theft of approximately $150,000 in youth football sporting equipment, belonging to the Mesa County Youth Sports Corporation, of which Lampshire is the majority owner. Ultimately, the investigation revealed that the equipment had been collected by board members and a co-owner of the corporation, and the investigation was closed, as it was determined that no crime occurred. - Grand Junction Police Department press release
KREX aired a report yesterday regarding the conflict between the youth sports leagues after the Mesa County Junior Football shared the following post yesterday via Facebook:
According to Westernslopenow.com, the Grand Valley Youth Football says they have secured insurance for the Spring season, and have negotiated using practice and game fields around the valley.