“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 Directors 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.”“If that’s proven to be true I would not be surprised, because there are not stopgaps put in place,” Burghard said of the accusations. Burghard says the sports ticket skimming allegation is particularly egregious because the scheme allegedly swindled boosters who support student-athletes, and the students themselves. “You need to be worried about people who, when people aren’t looking, are going to put their hands in the money bag and take – and in this case, take from children,” Burghard said. Jen Hannon at Lincoln-Way School District 210 released a statement that said:
While developing the annual budget, Lincoln-Way 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.The district confirmed an investigation is underway, but declined to detail the nature of it or say who is involved. Officials said the superintendent will likely comment on it later in the week.