- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Investigators worked for about 19 months but weren’t able to figure out who took more than $20,000 from a Michigan high school because the cash was kept in two unlocked locations and was easily accessible to dozens of people, police said.

Details of the case are in an investigative report from Kalamazoo Township police that was obtained by the Kalamazoo Gazette (http://bit.ly/1pJR3qC ) under the Freedom of Information Act. The allegations of embezzlement were made public last week.

“There are many possibilities of persons who had access to the athletic money who could be viable suspects,” including administrators, secretarial staff, teachers, maintenance workers and students, Detective Georgeann Ergang wrote in the report.

Officials in the Parchment School District told police money went missing during the 2011-12 school year. Superintendent Matt Miller issued a statement last week saying stricter controls have been put into place since then.

The amount of money missing was an estimate from officials. Police say it was from admission fees collected at sporting events, and was almost half of the revenue expected to be generated during the school year. The previous school year, about $46,000 was collected.

An assistant superintendent for finance was the first Parchment official to raise concerns about missing money, and told police there were at least 28 athletic events during the 2011-12 school year where tickets were sold but no money was deposited in the bank.

Also missing was the paperwork for those events that would have shown the amount of money collected, the documents showed. Kalamazoo Township police ended their active investigation about two months ago without a recommendation for an arrest.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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