John Paul Funes, the former chief fundraiser for the Our Lady of the Lake hospitals in Louisiana is facing two serious counts stemming from improper use of charity money.
Per a report from The Advocate, Funes is alleged to have stolen $550,000 from the charity and faces counts of wire fraud and money laundering.
The report states that Funes used some of the money to take friends and family to New Orleans Saints and LSU football games:
Funes is accused of labeling charter flights as “outbound patient transports,” so the Foundation’s accounting office would pay for them. As an example, prosecutors said, he used $14,000 worth of flights to take family and friends to Tampa for a New Orleans Saints football game on Dec. 31, 2017, and then to Orlando for a Citrus Bowl game featuring LSU and Notre Dame the next day.
Also, the report says Funes is alleged to have paid a parent of an LSU athlete with money raised by the foundation:
And at least some of the funds were allegedly used improperly to pay the parent of an LSU athlete.
He reportedly gave Foundation money to the parent of an LSU athlete, ostensibly as wages for a job, according to two sources familiar with the investigation who asked not to be identified because both said they were not authorized to speak publicly.
Funes was fired by the foundation last November.