LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) – A former teacher and baseball coach at Lincoln High School has been charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from fundraising efforts for the team.
A Rhode Island State Police spokesperson said that school officials alerted the Financial Crimes Unit to missing money from the baseball team’s fundraising program in June. Troopers found that the team had entered into an agreement with a third party, Adrenaline Fundraising, to sell discount cards.
Players would sell the cards for $20 each and the coach, 32-year-old Andrew Hallam of Warwick, would collect all the money raised. The money was split 50/50 with Adrenaline Fundraising and the unsold cards were returned to the company.
As investigators reviewed the financial records for the program from 2014, 2015 and 2016, they found that there was a discrepancy of $8,440 that was raised and never deposited in the bank. As a result, detectives charged Hallam with embezzlement.
Hallam was arraigned this morning in Third Division District Court in Warwick and was released on bail.
According to the high school’s website, Hallam had also been an English teacher there but Superintendent Georgia Fortunato told Eyewitness News Monday morning that Hallam has been fired.
“Mr. Hallam’s employment with the district was terminated by the Lincoln School Committee on August 7th,” Fortunato said in an email. “The matter is subject to appeal. We can’t comment further on a personnel matter. Mr. Hallam is no longer an employee in our district.”