Ex-Poplar Bluff football coach gets probation for stealing

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Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 10:38 AM

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- The former coach of the Poplar Bluff High School football team in southeast Missouri has been placed on probation after admitting he stole funds raised by the team.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that 39-year-old Michael "Shane" Kearbey pleaded guilty to felony stealing charges Tuesday. He was placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the school district.

Among other things, authorities said discrepancies were found in money collected by players for "meal cards." The football program purchased the cards, redeemable at restaurants, at a cost of $5 each, and players sold them for $15 each as a fundraiser. School officials said $8,300 was turned in, but based on the number sold, the figure should have been $23,000.

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