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.READ MORE: Westmoreland County Man Charged With Locking Woman In Storage Unit Will Stand Trial
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.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Investigating After 11-Month-Old Girl's Death Caused By Fentanyl
“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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