- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Utah man who recently pleaded guilty in federal court in Missouri to defrauding more than 300 students and chaperones out of money they paid him to arrange travel for a band trip to Hawaii is due in an Arkansas court in a similar case.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1nqwP8b ) the man, Calliope “Ope” Rocky Saaga, is scheduled to change his plea in a similar case Thursday in Fort Smith federal court.

In the Fort Smith case, Saaga is accused of stealing $272,500 from 275 Fort Smith Southside High School band members and chaperones who paid Saaga for travel and other arrangements involving a planned trip to Hawaii in 2012.

Saaga’s federal public defender did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Thursday.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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