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A Hollywood man has been charged with theft offenses in court papers alleging he started a youth baseball league last fall, received $500 each from the families of five recruits and set up a pair of “spirit night” fundraisers — but held only a few practices.

Michael Shayne Erdolino, 38, was released last Thursday on $5,000 bond after his arrest on the charging papers also alleging that he promised there would be qualified instructors, uniforms and equipment provided through his Southern Maryland Athletics program, but no uniforms were issued.

One parent also agreed to put up $793 to buy doughnuts for a fundraiser, court papers state, and that money was never reimbursed, although the parent estimated the event’s profit should have been about $2,600.

The parents’ records indicate that the total in players’ fees and fundraising profits exceeded $7,500, according to a charges application filed by St. Mary’s detective Sarah Russell.

Erdolino told police last month that he maintained no records, charging papers state, and “he did not feel the need to explain how he managed ‘his organization’ to anyone.” He told police that no team was formed, and he had thus far held only tryouts.