North Bay Couple Charged in Sports Sideline Scam

Couple accused of scamming little leaguers, college fans

By Caitlin Matalone
|  Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 7:42 AM PDT
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North Bay Couple Charged in Sports Sideline Scam

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Two North Bay coaches are under arrest, charged with scamming parents on the sidelines of sporting events.

Aaron Averbuck, 43, is accused of lying about his sports background to convince people to give him money.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department says Averbuck has claimed to work for various sporting agencies, including the Oakland Raiders and NASCAR.

Authorities say he allegedly made deals for coaching sessions and trips to sporting events, but does not come through with goods or tickets.

The mother of his children, 39-year-old Tammy Fa'agata, is accused of helping manage the scheme by cashing victims' checks.

She is the softball coach at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa.

Deputies have linked the pair to several schemes from the little league level to college level sports.

About a dozen people say they lost between $100 to $3,000 in the schemes.

Both are charged with grand theft.

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