Niles football boosters recover missing $21K

By Jordan Cohen


The attorney representing the Niles Frontliners, a football booster group for the McKinley High School Red Dragons, says more than $21,000 apparently stolen from the organization’s banking account last month has been “recovered in total.”

In a news release, Atty. Patrick Parry described the money as having been “improperly withdrawn” from the account. “The organization has been made whole again,” the news release said about the restitution.

James Mullen, Frontliners’ president, resigned Aug. 15 shortly after the disappearance was discovered.

Niles police began investigating at the request of the organization last Friday. Capt. Ken Criswell, the chief of detectives, said the probe is ongoing. Criswell declined to say whether charges are pending, however.

According to Parry’s news release, the Frontliners have “implemented new financial safeguards to prevent any recurrence of this incident.” He did not provide any additional information about the safeguards and declined to make any additional comments.

The money was discovered missing by Tim Parry, the attorney’s brother who is treasurer of the Frontliners.

Last week, schools Superintendent Mark Robinson praised the quick response and said the organization “addressed the problem as soon as they found there might be improprieties.” The Frontliners operate separately from the school district and conduct their own fundraising.

The attorney emphasized that funds raised by the Rein Stadium Committee to renovate Bo Rein Football Stadium were not connected with the missing money.

Since Mullen’s resignation, the Frontliners have elected Joseph Matig as president and Scott Paden as vice president. Matig was the previous vice president.

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