NCP Boosters Club Involved in Money Laundering Scheme
by Israel Gomez
Ever wonder how Northside’s athletic department can afford to buy shiny new baseball bats and helmets? Here’s a hint: it involves dirty money, underground Russian fighting rings, and the NCP Boosters Club.
The NCP Boosters Club is a committee run by parents of students at Northside. The purpose of the committee is to raise money to support sports teams and coaches; at least, that’s what the cover is. After a discrepancy in the athletic funding was found, administration at Northside took a closer look at the Boosters Club’s methods of fundraising.
After reading through the Boosters Club’s records, the administrator noticed some events hosted by the committee stood out as strange. For example, a fundraiser that was supposedly held for the lacrosse teams raised over a thousand dollars; yet, only two new nets were purchased. Another fundraiser raised over two thousand dollars for the baseball program; the team received five new bats and a bucket of baseballs. However, what really tipped administration off was one event that was simply titled, “Московский боевой клуб,” which raised over ten thousand dollars. For those who do not speak Russian, that roughly translates to “Moscow Fight Club.”
After this discovery, administration notified the authorities. Further investigation took place by the Chicago Police Department, which then led to the Federal Bureau of Investigation being notified. This all culminated two days ago when Mike Hughes, father of Nicholas Hughes, Adv. 804, and Noah Hughes, Adv. 100, was arrested in a joint-operation carried out by the CPD and FBI.
In their investigation, the FBI discovered that Mr. Hughes, along with other members of the committee, have been funneling profits from underground fight clubs around Russia into the NCP Boosters Club. He is being charged with money laundering, which is the act of making illegal money appear legal by transferring the money through legitimate sources of income. In this case, the profits from Russian fight clubs had been hidden in fundraising profits.
The scandal has had a resounding impact. Nicholas Hughes, a senior on the varsity baseball team, says, “I’m shocked and appalled. I had no idea this was going on. I feel like I barely know my own father… although our new bats are pretty sweet. Thanks, dad!”
Mr. Hughes, who was found guilty in a court appearance yesterday, was heard yelling as he was being dragged away, “Yeah I did it, and I’d do it again for my kids, and the ‘Stangs! Да здравствует Мустанги!” That last line roughly translates to, “Long live the Mustangs!” in Russian.
Noah Hughes, the youngest of the Hughes men, has been rattled by the situation. “I didn’t even know my dad spoke Russian,” he said.
There are still holes in the investigation though, and some committee members have yet to be located. Some have fled the country in an attempt to avoid capture. The HoofBeat attempted to reach out to Thea Yosowitz, mother of Jacob Yosowitz, Adv. 803, for comment. However, it appears she is among those who have fled the country. Jacob Yosowitz shared that she had departed for Bolivia early yesterday morning; unbeknownst to him, this was only hours after Mr. Hughes’ arrest. If anyone has information on Mrs. Yosowitz or any other committee members’ whereabouts, please contact the FBI or INTERPOL, the International Crime Police Organization.