Euless police investigate report of missing booster club money

Posted Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A Central Junior High School employee has been fired as police investigate why several thousand dollars appear to be missing from booster club and sponsorship programs accounts, authorities said Thursday.

The money was raised through such things as car washes and sales of concessions and popcorn for the school at 3191 W. Pipeline Road.

After school officials got a tip, an internal audit found between $5,000 to $10,000 in cash and checks were missing, according to police reports obtained Thursday. School officials met with police Tuesday and filed a theft report.

Tommie Johnson, an assistant human resources director for the HEB school district, told Detective B.T. Brennan that after fundraising events, coordinators packaged deposits, including checks and cash, and delivered the package to either the principal, vice-principal or one other employee. Those three were the only ones authorized to collected deposits and place them in a safe, police noted.

Several deposits cannot be accounted for, and Johnson said some checks were never cashed, the police report states.

The employee was fired, according to the police report.

A school district spokeswoman said the employee’s last day was Monday. “The district won’t confirm the manner of separation because it was a personnel matter,” spokeswoman Judy Ramos said in an email.

The employee could not be reached to comment Thursday.

“We have the allegation, but this is going to require forensic accounting,” Euless police Lt. Eric Starnes said Thursday. “Because this is going to involve tracking deposits, this is going to be a very time-consuming investigation.”

The investigation also includes possible credit card abuse. The employee made several unauthorized charges to a credit card in several cities in Tarrant County and statewide, according to the police report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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