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Resignation, Investigation Follows HS Ticket Skim

Paul Steinbach

Sources say a criminal investigation is underway into whether a former athletic department employee at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, lll., skimmed money from football game ticket sales over multiple years.

In a written statement to Chicago's WGN News, a sheriff’s department spokesperson said:

“Sheriff’s detectives were called to the Lincoln-Way Central High School District 210 administration office on 8/6/2019. Detectives spoke with administrators regarding alleged financial transgressions discovered on the books of the Lincoln Way Athletic Boosters. Allegations were made regarding the athletic director's secretary, who has since resigned her position at the school. This is an open and on-going investigation and no charges have been filed in this case as of today.”

WJOL in Joliet, Ill., reports that the Will County Sheriff’s Department is taking over the Lincoln-Way embezzlement investigation.

A statement from Lincoln-Way reads, “While developing the annual budget, Lincoln-Way 210 administration uncovered financial discrepancies in the Lincoln-Way Central Athletic Department. The administration notified the independent inspector general who conducted an investigation. Lincoln-Way administration also investigated the discrepancies, resulting in the resignation of one Lincoln-Way employee. All information was turned over to the Will County Sheriff’s Department, and no further comment can be made at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation.”

Reports from Chicago media say the embezzlement may have involved nearly $2 million, but WJOL has learned the dollar amount in question is substantially less.

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