By Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press 12:03 a.m. EDT May 6, 2015
A former government employee and high school baseball coach is accused of embezzling at least $150,000 from the Veterans Administration and spending it on sex dates with a stripper named Ashley, $500 lap dances and gambling, according to criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court.
Glenn Alan Bates, 57, of Saline, admitted to all this, the complaint states, during an interview last summer with federal agents in his living room, telling them he stole from vending machines and VA retail stores to help feed an addiction to sex with prostitutes and nude entertainers.
Bates, though, kept his alleged scheme secret as he was a longtime figure in Saline High School athletics until this alleged crime was revealed. According to The Saline Post, where Bates often wrote sports stories, Bates was an assistant coach for the varsity baseball team, varsity girls' basketball team and statistician for the Saline varsity football team. "Effective immediately, Bates is no longer affiliated with Saline Area Schools," The Saline Post reported Tuesday.
According to Lane's affidavit, Bates came under the radar of the Office of Inspector General in 2013, after an audit revealed more than $478,000 in potential losses from the VA Canteen.
When investigators showed up at Bates' home last August, Lane wrote, Bates let them in and confessed to the following:
"Bates stated that he was aware of the audit … and admitted that he stole cash from the Canteen, but he disputed the amounts listed," Lane wrote. "Bates estimated he stole approximately $150,000."
According to the complaint, Bates admitted to stealing $100,000 in cash from the sales of commemorative military hats and roughly $600 a month from vending machine sales for about three years.
During the interview, records show, Bates also explained how he spent a lot of the stolen money.
Though Bates also saw other strippers and prostitutes, he primarily saw Ashley, records show.