A travel agent pleads guilty in federal court to stealing 360-thousand dollars from the Willard High School Band Boosters, forcing the cancellation of a trip to Hawaii for more than 300 students and chaperones.
Forty-year-old Calliope Saaga is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, a fine of up to 250-thousand dollars and an order of restitution.
Saaga, doing business as Present America Tours, LLC, contracted with the Willard High School Band Boosters to provide travel arrangements for a band trip to Hawaii. The band boosters wired 12 payments of 30-thousand dollars each to Saaga.
According to prosecutors, Saaga booked no reservations as required in the contract. Instead, as he received wire transfers from the band boosters, Saaga used the funds to finance his personal lifestyle, including at least 47 days spent gambling in Las Vegas.