It’s understood all high school coaches– regardless of sport– have a limited budget which requires them to think outside-of-the-box to raise some funds and pad the coffers.
Stealing from your own school is not an advised fundraising idea.
Allegedly, this is exactly what Winter Haven, Florida High School baseball coach David Saliba has done, to the tune of a total of $20,000.
A Tampa, Florida-area CBS affiliate has been investigating complaints that Salabia had been embezzling the majority of the school’s concessions revenue and sponsorship revenue into his own personal bank account over the course of the past few years.
Essentially, Salabia operated the concessions stand and sponsorship programs as his own personal ventures for a profit and made very few attempts to hide it.
Salabia had coached at Winter Haven for close to 30 years, and was a well-established, and by most reports, respected, member of the Florida baseball community.
What is most spectacular about this story is the fact that David Salabia evidently embezzled this money so brazenly. It wouldn’t take much to realize a concession stand made a virtual zero profit and that sponsorship money didn’t reach the hands it should have.
Anyone with an iota of fiscal sense could figure that out in a heartbeat just by looking at the school’s books.
People like David Salabia operate under the guise of trust and authority to serve their own needs, and inevitably get their just deserts back many times over.
I’m not saying he’s guilty, but disproving the obvious isn’t a task I would wish on my worst enemy.