Sunday, February 19, 2012

One unnamed Saddleback College "athletic dept. employee" disciplined re Lapes scandal


     You’ll recall the athletics “kickback scheme” scandal that cropped up eight months ago in OC. It’s been hard to get much information about any findings of wrongdoing in this case, but here’s the latest (from yesterday’s OC Reg):

At least 1 coach disciplined in spending accounts scheme

     At least four athletic coaches from two Orange County school districts have been disciplined or are awaiting possible discipline in a sweeping investigation into the personal spending accounts of public employees who did business with a now-defunct Laguna Hills sports equipment company.
     An athletic employee at Mission Viejo's Saddleback College is confirmed to have been disciplined for improperly doing business with Lapes Athletic Team Sales, while three other coaches – all of them current and former head football coaches in the Capistrano Unified School District – remain on paid leave from their teaching and coaching duties.
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     The South Orange County Community College District said in a statement that it has disciplined an "athletic department employee" at Saddleback College who did not follow "proper purchasing procedures" in doing business with Lapes.
     "Though it was determined that the employee did not receive any personal gain, he is going through disciplinary action for his failure to follow purchasing procedures and policies," district spokeswoman Tere Fluegeman said in an email.
     Fluegeman said two Saddleback College employees were investigated – a coach and the employee who was disciplined. No wrongdoing was found on the part of the coach, she added. The district said it could not release their names or the written findings of the investigation, citing the confidentiality of personnel matters….

Background:
• Coach kickback scheme touches Saddleback College? (May 2011)
• More Slush (May 2011)
• The “slush fund” story lives (June 2011)
• Things are heating up (July 2011)

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