2NEWS obtains emails between ex-Tulsa Public Schools athletic director Stephanie Spring, associates

TULSA - The prosecution against Tulsa Public School's former athletic director may have a secret weapon: emails that could tie her to a financial scheme using the district's facilities.

Federal prosecutors charged Stephanie Spring Thursday with misapplying school funds "in excess of $5,000," alleging she pocketed money for the rental of school buildings.

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2NEWS obtained those emails Friday.

One conversation of note involved Spring and then-Memorial High School soccer booster club president and current city councilor Karen Gilbert.

In it, Spring discusses charging $100 for two hours of a Memorial stadium rental.

"Sounds good to me," Gilbert replied. "Can we split? Half to you and half to MHS soccer?"

"Yes, if you are taking care of it," Spring said.

2NEWS also found emails scheduling dozens of games set up by Spring and Gilbert, but none of those games were ever recorded on the district's rental schedule.

None of the emails indicate Gilbert, who declined to comment, had any knowledge of TPS policy.

More emails between Spring and former East Central High School coach Travis Hill discussed renting a stadium. Dates and money were mentioned, but no record was made.

Hill, who resigned at the end of 2011, was unable to reach for comment.

Spring is due in court Feb. 12, where she is expected to plea.


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