Valley teacher, coach charged with defrauding booster club

Evan R. Steinhauser

A longtime Valley teacher and coach has been indicted on five felony charges that he cheated a hockey booster club out of $48,000. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is also reviewing its records  in the wake of allegations that James "Jamie" Donald Smith Jr., a teacher at Mat-Su Career and Technical High School and  the Colony High hockey head coach, defrauded the Alaska Avalanche Junior A booster club, reports the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

In all, Smith faces two charges of second-degree forgery of legal documents, first-degree theft greater than $25,000, scheme to defraud more than $10,000 and fraudulent use of an access device greater than $25,000, according to charging documents filed in state criminal Superior Court. ...

The charges against Smith come after a lengthy investigation by the state Department of Revenue Criminal Investigations Unit, said Rob Henderson, an assistant attorney general with the state Office of Special Prosecutions. That the charges date back to June 2008 could also be a reflection of a five-year statute of limitations on prosecuting such crimes, he said, while adding that wouldn’t be the only factor in bringing a charge against a suspect.

Smith was a president of the booster club and remains coaching director for the Junior Avalanche. Read more at The Frontiersman: State calls misconduct on coach