School sports funds missing

By Rappahannock News staff

Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into alleged embezzlement of funds from two nonprofit school sports organizations, according to Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith.

Smith said Tuesday that thousands of dollars are missing from accounts managed by the Rappahannock County Schools Sports Association (RCSSA) and the Rappahannock Youth Basketball League. One source close to the investigation estimated that more than $50,000 has disappeared from RCSSA checking and savings accounts.

Smith and Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff said there is a suspect in the investigation but would not identify the person, other than to say it was a member of the RCSSA board, and that no arrests have been made.

The RCSSA, a longtime booster and financial supporter of sports programs at Rappahannock County schools, was in the news just three months ago when members revealed that the organization couldn’t make its annual payment on the loan for stadium lights at Panther Field, a loan guaranteed by the county government in exchange for RCSSA’s promise to pay it. The county supervisors voted two months ago to pay the loan off rather than continue incurring interest and penalty charges.

Two months ago, high school administrators proposed to change the system by which concessions at sporting events are operated, primarily to allow other organizations besides RCSSA to operate and or benefit from the receipts of game concession sales.

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