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Dec 2, 2013 1:29 AM

Missing Tucson Youth Football team funds being investigated

TUCSON - The News Four Tucson Investigators have a new development in the story of a Tucson youth football team, and thousands of dollars missing from team coffers.

A team parent has filed a police report, asking for a criminal investigation of their former team president.

The missing funds were paid by parents of the 'Tucson Steelers Cadet White Team,' so their kids could play in the Tucson Youth Football League.

Parents claim that $7,000 is missing from last years' funds, and said many thousands more have vanished this year.

As we first reported in late October, the team almost missed the playoffs over the missing money.

One parent, Leron Avery, said this back in October, "I hate to accuse someone of stealing because I'm not sure of the whole facts, but I mean something had to have happened."

The police report points a finger at the former team president, who, parents say, had exclusive access to team funds.

We have not named him, since he has not been charged with a crime. He has since resigned from the team.

But the report claims he used thousands of dollars in team money to pay his personal expenses.

The News Four Tucson Investigators tried to contact the former team president by phone. We left voice mails, but haven't heard back from him.

The league helped with arrangements to get the Steelers into the playoffs earlier this month. And the group of eight to eleven year-olds placed third.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said this case is being actively investigated by a detective.

We'll keep you posted on what comes of this.

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