Friday, July 15, 2011

Man Arrested For Embezzling Money From A Youth Football Team


A man is behind bars Wednesday night, for embezzling money from a Salinas recreation football league. Police say 52-year-old Julio Sanchez went home to home calling himself "Coach Sanchez" and asked for donations. But they say that money went straight to his pockets, never reaching the football team.

Selfish, it's just not right," said Armando Galvan, former Alisal Eagles Football Player.
Armando Galvan played for the Alisal Eagles in Middle School and he wasn't happy when Central Coast News told him about Sanchez. Now he's concerned people will stop donating to a team that relies on fundraising.
"With these tough times, people are iffy about where they want to give their money to. Maybe they won't even cease to give money out to fundraisers anymore because it's not going to the right spot," said Galvan.
Detectives said an alleged victim came forward saying he gave money to Sanchez and noticed it was cashed at a local store instead of a bank. The alleged victim contacted the Alisal Eagles organization and found out the kids never got the money.
"It provided the jerseys, it provided just the equipment that we have. With the kids working so hard to get the money, and somebody takes advantage of that situation, it's not right for somebody to do that," said Galvan.
Sanchez was booked into the Monterey County Jail on Embezzlement, Burglary and Probation Violation charges. Police don't know how many times Sanchez has collected money, but they do believe more victims are involved. If you believe you've been a victim, you can call Salinas Police at (831) 758-7321

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