Saturday, June 15, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
A well-known community figure who founded one of the largest amateur basketball leagues in Proviso Township was arrested on Friday and charged with a felony after allegedly trying to defraud the village of Maywood.
On June 14, Maywood Police officers executed a search warrant on the Maywood home of Quinton “Danka” Beasley, 32. Officers recovered nearly $6,000 worth of Nike merchandise that was allegedly fraudulently charged to the village of Maywood, said Maywood Police Lt. Dennis Diaz.
“Beasley was subsequently charged with theft of over $10,000, less than $100,000, a class 2 felony,” Diaz said.
Beasley is the founder of Danka’s Basketball League, an organization that offers structured amateur basketball competitions for young people and adults. Danka also offers training programs for area young people. The organization was operating out of the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood.
Diaz said that the alleged fraud came to the attention of Maywood Police in early June, after Lanya Satchell, Maywood’s finance director, alerted them to a suspicious invoice. The police then launched a two-week investigation into the matter.
“Beasley was ordering things from Nike and other sporting goods stores online and trying to charge the purchase to the village,” Diaz said. “He had multiple fraudulent accounts.”
But Beasley did not have any village credit card information on hand, Diaz said.
Beasley accepting a recognition for his basketball league from Village Free Press in March. | File
“When you do business with a municipality, they bill purchase orders and send you an invoice,” Diaz said. “He was billing Maywood these purchases and getting stuff shipped to his house.”
Diaz declined to reveal more details about the nature of the alleged fraud, adding that the matter is still under investigation.
“Beasley definitely had enough sensitive information to do what he did,” Diaz said, explaining that the alleged fraud dates back at least to January.
He said that more people could probably be charged in connection to the operation in the near future. Diaz said that no local political figures are implicated in the alleged fraud and that the village manager, Willie Norfleet, had no knowledge of the alleged operation.
When reached by phone on Saturday afternoon, Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins said she had no knowledge of the allegations until she learned that day.
“I don’t see how he could charge anything to Maywood without Maywood allowing him to do that,” the mayor said. “I don’t see how it could have been done.”
Beasley was due in bond court on June 15. VFP
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