I-Team: Investigation into missing money raised for local athletes

LYNDHURST, Ohio -- The FOX 8 I TEAM has uncovered an investigation into possible missing money raised in the name of local high school athletes. And we’ve even found questions about money collected after a teen died following practice.

The investigation has just begun in Lyndhurst.

It began after a spring training trip for the Brush High School Baseball team put together with the help of boosters. But they recently got an email saying the bill for the trip hadn’t been paid. An invoice obtained by the I TEAM shows the cost topped $10,000. An e-mail from a baseball organization in Florida sent in mid-June asked, “Can you please provide status of payment?”

The I TEAM has confirmed police are looking into what happened to the money for the trip. And we’ve learned, there are also questions about some of the money collected in honor of Alec Kornet. He died suddenly last winter. He played on the Brush High hockey team and the baseball team. People throughout Northeast Ohio stepped to show support for his school and family.

In fact, even the baseball team honored Alec during that spring training trip.

The police report offers little detail. It mentions a “…fraudulent incident…at Brush High School.”

Lyndhurst Police Chief Rick Porrello told the I TEAM, "We have at least one person of interest, but we have other persons that we might want to talk to." The Chief added, a financial case such as this can take a while with bank records. He said, "You know, they need to be subpoenaed, and they need to be obtained, be organized and they have to be reviewed.”

We went to the home of the man sources told us had been deeply involved in handling the money, and there was no answer.

The I TEAM also contacted the man who ran the spring training baseball camp. And as of late Thursday, he said he still hadn’t been paid.

Also Thursday, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Alec Kornet died from natural causes tied to issues with his heart.

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