The man who started the Culinary Arts school at Faulkner State, Ed Bushaw, now stands accused of stealing from it, along with instructor and chef Will Hughes.
"He was the first person employed there," school president Gary Branch remembers, "and he really helped establish that program."
Branch says a routine internal audit was the first red flag something was wrong. "We had handled it early on with official reprimands but it appears it continued after official reprimands and that's when we took that information and turned it over to the district attorney."
The two men are accused of using Faulkner's tax exempt status and access to food vendors to cater private events for their own personal gain.
"We had two seperate events on this indictment that are pertinent the one, Supper on the Sands and the other a wedding," says Baldwin county district attorney Hallie Dixon.
The case involves thousands of dollars and according to investigators had been going on for years. "It's just so wrong," says Dixon. "I mean there's whole other level of wrong to it. It's not this obvious violent kind of thing. People that are in these positions of public trust, to hold them accountable is so important."
The year long investigation continues although school officials say it is limited to the two instructors. "We may have hit the tip of the iceberg not that others involved but other conduct," says Dixon.
Bushaw is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal case. The schools president says Hughes is no longer associated with the school.