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due_whats_right Sep 11, 7:58 p.m.
Sad this happens but unfortunately it is very common. For one, the schools do not control booster organizations - they operate independently so the rules set forth are by the members of the organization. Two, $32,000 is not a lot of money to embezzel over 7 years, especially given the way band boosters constantly fundraise. Finally, whose to say she did this alone? Hardly every is embezzlement or fraud done alone so there could have been two signatures, especially if she wasn't the only one to "part take" in the profits. This is terrible. I am sick and tired of education being in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Hokies94 Sep 11, 7:55 p.m.
How can anyone think that they can get away with doing this stuff?
Scubagirl Sep 11, 7:34 p.m.
seems like every year there's another adult guilty of stealing from something they are supposed to be helping.
mjkmj Sep 11, 5:48 p.m.
As a member of the Board for my son's Middle School Band Boosters, I cannot even imagine how this could have happened. How could she have gotten away with stealing such a large amount? How was there no system in place to prevent this? It seems to me that the Board was lacking in their concern for the funds to begin with.
Obamacare for everyone Sep 11, 4:41 p.m.
Do these people really think no one is going to miss 32 thousand dollars? Amazing.
678devilish Sep 11, 4:23 p.m.
TWO signatures for money movement.
It probably never reached the money drawer but put into her pocket instead.
Just Once Sep 11, 4:22 p.m.
It is unethical NOT to have controls in place. It invites theft and puts people who are not normally dishonest on the "slippery slope". Think about that the next time it is too expensive to have the books reviewed.
rachel Sep 11, 4:14 p.m.
I agree, throw the book at her- but they also couldn't pay me enough(I know, volunteer)- to take a job handling money for anything to do with a school- I went to one of those meetings once and they wanted to assign me to treasurer- the amount of oversight, scrutiny, accounting, invasion of my privacy was overwhelming- I left the meeting without accepting the "job"-I had horrors of misplacing a nickel by accident and going to jail -evidently, this group did not have enough oversight involved.
DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 11, 4:03 p.m.
Shameful, basically stealing from children.
I will never understand why ANY organization of ANY size doesn't require at least TWO signatures for money movement.
Anyone can be tempted, and it doesn't take much for some.
678devilish Sep 11, 3:55 p.m.
How embrassing for the student if it was their parent!
678devilish Sep 11, 3:55 p.m.
Maybe before allowing parents etc. to work the concession stands, the school should get a back ground check first before allowing any parent to work the concessions. This is where the world is now.
678devilish Sep 11, 3:32 p.m.
I hope she is charged highly from this stealing from the school and students. This happen at our local high school once. Its a shame when you cannot trust parents etc. to work the concession stand without stealing.
Rocknhorse Sep 11, 3:18 p.m.
The sad thing about this is she probably doesn't even THINK about the fact that she is stealing from the KIDS - taking money meant to improve their experience in the band that offers them life-long value and opportunities!! Shameful!!!
Deb1003 Sep 11, 3:16 p.m.
Marching Bands have a history of limited budgets and they support themselves through membership fees of their members. She didn't just steal from the Band Boosters, she stole money from the students. What a shame!
dwntwnboy2 Sep 11, 3:13 p.m.
Groups like that should do internal audits every year to catch a problem before it gets into the tens of thousands over 6-7 years. Sorry for the band- hope they make her pay back EVERY penny she so greedily took from those who earned it. No one has time for criminals- punish them accordingly.
archmaker Sep 11, 3:10 p.m.
that's a lot of car washes!
cupofcoffee Sep 11, 3:07 p.m.
BeastieBoy Sep 11, 2:46 p.m.
Busted! But I'm sure there is a good reason she took the money. Yea, right!
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03