A former high school football coach from a Northwest Indiana high school has been arrested and faces a Level 6 charge of felony related to the alleged thefts of multiple fundraising checks intended for his former program.
As reported by the NWI Times, former Kankakee Valley (Ind.) High School football coach Derek Thompson was ordered to repay some $3,700 in December, plus an additional $4,793.46 in special investigation costs. When he failed to do so, he was formally charged and arrested over the weekend.
While Thompson was technically the football coach at Kankakee Valley for four months in 2018, he resigned in June amidst ongoing investigations into funds related to a golf tournament he oversaw that were mysteriously deposited into his account.
Here’s more as uncovered by the audit investigation authorized for the checks, per the NWI Times.
School and bank records show that six checks from sponsors made out to the school were deposited in Thompson’s personal account, and money from eight additional sponsors, including five who paid cash, never was turned over to the school district’s extracurricular treasurer.
In addition, Thompson requisitioned $1,200 in golf outing proceeds, supposedly for participant cash prizes.
However, no cash prizes were awarded to golfers, and the next day Thompson deposited $1,100 cash in his bank account, according to the audit.
Thompson has already posted bail and is free pending his next court appearance. It remains uncertain whether Thompson will attempt a return to coaching soon, or ever. For now, he has plenty on his plate attempting to defend his name and avoid prison time.