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Woman charged with stealing from Union Pines High band boosters

Posted September 11, 2013

The Union Pines High School Vikings Marching Band participated in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2010.

— The former treasurer of a Moore County high school's band booster club was charged Wednesday with stealing $32,000 from the group, authorities said.

Donna Elaine Faulkner, 45, of 211 Tree Top Lane in West End, was charged with embezzlement. Faulkner served as treasurer of the Union Pines High School Band Boosters from at least 2006 through last year, according to various cached Web pages.

Moore County Schools officials said in a statement that the district's finance office became aware of a shortage in the booster club's account in April and referred the matter to the district's police for investigation.

The missing money included revenue from fundraisers conducted by the booster club and money collected from students for a band field trip, officials said. The money has since been repaid, they said.

The district is now working with Moore County schools to establish processes for their booster clubs to ensure appropriate financial oversight and accounting practices, officials said.


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  • due_whats_right Sep 11, 2013

    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.

  • VT1994Hokie Sep 11, 2013

    How can anyone think that they can get away with doing this stuff?

  • Scubagirl Sep 11, 2013

    seems like every year there's another adult guilty of stealing from something they are supposed to be helping.

  • mjkmj Sep 11, 2013

    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, 2013

    Do these people really think no one is going to miss 32 thousand dollars? Amazing.

  • 678devilish Sep 11, 2013

    TWO signatures for money movement.

    It probably never reached the money drawer but put into her pocket instead.

  • Just Once Sep 11, 2013

    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, 2013

    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, 2013

    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, 2013

    How embrassing for the student if it was their parent!