Police: Bishop Sycamore team is embroiled in bad check investigation

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CANTON, Ohio — The losses keep piling up for Bishop Sycamore.

The Columbus-based football program at the center of a growing controversy is now accused of stiffing the Canton hotel where it stayed for its nationally televised GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff game.

Canton Police Lt. Dennis Garren confirmed Wednesday that hotel management reported the team stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Canton South on Friday and Saturday, renting 25 rooms.

According to police reports, the hotel reported two invalid checks totaling $3,596. Garren said they were written on an account listed to Education Resources Group of New York, New York.

On Sunday, Bishop Sycamore lost to the second-ranked team in the country, IMG Academy of Florida, 58-0.
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In the wake of the team's stay, the hotel also assessed room cleaning fees at $250 apiece for three rooms.

Hotel manager Rachel Miskell, who reported the invalid checks, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

No one has been charged, but Garren said detectives are investigating and they listed two suspects. Police reports indicate the investigation involves "passing bad checks" or forgery.

The police reports list no phone numbers for Bishop Sycamore and the private school's website has been taken down.

Reach Lori at 330-580-8309 or lori.steineck@cantonrep.com. On Twitter: @lsteineckREP.

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