Former St. Paul high school AD sentenced for stealing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a St. Paul school district while working as athletics director for Como Park Senior High has been sentenced to three years of probation and 500 hours of community service.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 50-year-old Michael Searles also was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay restitution.
Prosecutors put the amount at $130,000, but Searles’ attorney said it was no more than $80,000.
Judge Richard Kyle ordered Searles to pay $2,500 to the school district for its insurance deductible and about $130,000 to the district’s insurer. Searles’ attorney is appealing.
Searles oversaw the high school’s athletics department between 2009 and 2015. Authorities allege he used district money for personal expenses including groceries, golf shoes and sports registration fees for his daughters.
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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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