Koster's office sues former softball tournament organizer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - He was the focus of one of our most memorable 5 on Your Side Investigations, now the Missouri Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit against Elmo Green.

Green is the former softball tournament organizer accused of taking thousands of dollars from children in Missouri and Illinois. Teams who paid to play in a softball tournament that was canceled.

In December 2012 Green invited 5 on Your Side's Mike Rush into his yard in Jefferson City, but then didn't like that our camera was rolling from the street.

Arnold Crutchfield watched with interest.

"I thought, I can't believe the guy who works with kids would act this way on camera," said Crutchfield.

Theatrics aside, Crutchfield believes our story helped him. He says Green owed his girls' softball team nearly 350 dollars which he got soon after the story aired.

"Without a doubt because we had been calling and threatening and that kind of thing to no avail. Your story actually made it possible for us to get our money back," said Crutchfield.

At the time our story aired, we shared our facts with Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office, who's been investigating ever since.

"A lot of our time, frankly, has been spent trying to find victims," said Joe Bindbeutel, with the attorney general's office.

He says to date, around $10,000 has been returned to umpires and teams. However, Bindbeutel filed the lawsuit against Green and his ex-wife, who was part of Green's Black Ice Organization, to compel them to cooperate in paying back about 16-hundred dollars still owed and to identify more possible victims.

"We could make this a way larger deal than it needs to be, he just needs to pay these folks back," said Bindbeutel.

The attorney general's office says if Elmo Green cooperates, the office would consider not pressing for fines against him.

5 on Your Side talked to Green on the phone Wednesday. He says he has no comment on the past. As for the lawsuit, he says he wasn't aware it was filed.


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