On Wednesday, former Cardinal Stritch football coach Andre L. Hampton was charged through Oregon Municipal Court with three counts of theft, falsification, and two counts of forgery.
Hampton has been arrested and released on bond, said Detective Randy Jacobs.
“I’ve been working with the Cardinal Stritch administration, and they are trying to keep it to a minimum. We’re continuing the investigation,” Det. Jacobs said.
The charges were filed by Oregon police as a result of their investigation into the alleged opening and fraudulent use of a “Stritch Football Fanatics” checking opened July 3 at the Directions Credit Union, 3312 Dustin Road.
Police say a subsequent investigation revealed the account was opened and used by the defendant, Hampton, who at the time was head football coach at Cardinal Stritch High School. Hampton’s employment with Cardinal Stritch was terminated on August 12.
“Additionally, we are looking at some of the documentation that he submitted to Cardinal Stritch at the time he was hired and we’re trying to verify the authenticity of those documents,” said Det. Jacobs. “We do have some reason to believe that some of them have been forged.”
That investigation would bring additional charges, said the detective, because the current forgery charges are related to the bank account Hampton allegedly opened.
As part of the ongoing investigation, the Oregon Police Division is seeking additional information regarding any funds attributed by parents, alumni, or community members towards the Cardinal Stritch football program.
The police ask that anyone who donated funds to the football program in 2008 contact Detective Randy Jacobs at 419-698-7069 or
Det. Randy Jacobs—