NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — A couple from New Castle is accused of stealing money from a youth football program.

Frank and Karen Bongivengo are facing charges of conspiracy, theft, forgery and tampering with records.

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State police say the couple stole $3,600 from the program which he also manages.

“That money could have been used for equipment, used for the players, fundraisers,” John Adamo, a former New Castle football player, said.

The state attorney’s office says the Bongivengos transferred money from the football fund to their personal bank accounts to cover overdrafts.

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“Terrible,” Adamo said. “You’re supposed to be a role model for the kids. How are you going to say, ‘Do right, do right,’ when you do that.”

Aside from coaching football, Frank Bongivengo is a civics teacher at the high school. Students say he’s a good teacher.

State police have been investigating the case for nearly a year. The deputy state attorney general says the couple plan to turn themselves in to the magistrate’s office on Monday.

If convicted, they could face maximum sentences of five years.

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