I-Team: Mother speaks out on money stolen from fund for teen athlete

CUYAHOGA COUNTY-For the first time, a local mother is speaking out about missing money from a fund set up to honor her teen son when he died after high school hockey practice.

And this comes as a suspected con man has been indicted for that and much more.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office has indicted David Gordon. He now faces charges of grand theft, theft, money laundering, and telecommunications fraud.

Among the charges, investigators say he stole thousands of dollars from a fund set up in the name of Alec Kornet.

Alec died at the age of 17 after collapsing following practice with the Brush High School hockey team.

His mother sat down with the I-Team and reacted to the new indictment.

Stephanie Kornet said, "Everybody was taken advantage of, the community was, we were.' She added, "We just want what's right to be right. It's not about the money. It's the principle of the matter."

Records show Gordon also stole more than $14,000 from Arcs Baseball, a non-profit group supporting Brush High School baseball. And investigators say Gordon also did not pay back big money in loans he got from a man he met while working as a driver.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said, "What bothers me is you have a community coming together to raise money for very good purposes, and you have an individual who is in the mix of that and is willing and able in this particular case to take those funds for his own purposes."

O’Malley says the investigation also showed Gordon did dozens of bank transactions on his phone moving money between those funds for kids and his own accounts.

And, the prosecutor pointed out, Gordon has a record for financial crimes.

The FOX 8 I-Team first revealed this investigation nearly two years ago.

Lyndhurst police led the investigation. Agents from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation also got involved in helping to sort out the bank records.

We tracked down Gordon by phone. He wouldn't answer questions. He said his attorney would call us.

Hours later, his attorney did call, but the lawyer simply told us that he was not yet familiar with the charges.

Gordon is accused of collecting a total of $35,000 altogether.

Meantime, the 4Alec Foundation is keeping the focus on local schools. The foundation is working on bringing awareness to youth heart disease through screenings and visits with classes.

Gordon could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted. But his case is just beginning to move through court. He will soon go before a judge to enter an initial plea.

Stephanie Kornet said, "In the big picture, I hope justice is served."

**Continuing coverage here**

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