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Emails shed light on alleged theft by former Sheldon wrestling coach

More details have come to light in the investigation into allegations a former Sheldon High School wrestling coach stole thousands from the youth wrestling club’s account.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 6:43 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2019 7:05 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- More details have come to light in the investigation into allegations former Sheldon High School coach Travis Tubbs stole thousands from the youth wrestling club’s account.

Documents KEZI 9 News obtained through a public records request from Eugene School District 4J show District Safety Officer Kari Skinner emailed other district officials, saying investigators determined some of the alleged money that was stolen came from a parent who donated money during a fundraiser at a bowling alley.

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Skinner said the parent donated $10 for every pin his son knocked down. The child ended up scoring a 163, and the parent wrote a check for $1,637. Tubbs allegedly deposited the check into an unauthorized account and then immediately withdrew the money.

She said Eugene police interviewed the donor, who said he thought the money was going to the Sheldon Mat Club, a youth team with wrestlers age kindergarten to eighth grade.

Skinner also said police were able to obtain records that show Tubbs used $163 from a debit card linked to the club to get his car out of a Portland impound.

Court documents allege he also used the money for repairing his boat, fishing licenses, Halloween costumes for his children and fast food.

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In total, the Eugene Police Department alleges Tubbs stole over $3,000 from the account. Tubbs was Sheldon's head wrestling coach from 2014 to 2018.

4J spokesperson Kerry Delf said the account did not have any oversight from the school district.

Kyle Stucky is the current head coach for the Sheldon Mat club. 

Documents show he contacted district officials after he became aware of the unauthorized account and moved the funds to an approved account. Stucky first believed there was over $700 misused.

In one email to the activities director, Stucky asked if he should hound Tubbs for the money or have the district handle it.

Delf said the district will advocate during the court process for restitution to the mat club.

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