Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Woman Arrested by School Police, Charged with Embezzlement in North Carolina

Moore County Schools' Special Police have arrested a woman in connection with embezzling money from a high school band booster club, according to school officials.

Former Union Pines Boosters' Club Treasurer Donna Elaine Faulkner, 45, was arrested this morning and charged with 58 counts of embezzlement, according to Moore County jail site records.

Shortly after her arrest, Faulkner posted bond and was released.

In a statement released by the Moore County Schools' Special Police Department, schools' spokesman Tim Lussier said the Moore County Schools’ Finance Office became aware of a shortage in the Union Pines High School Band Booster Club account in April.

"The Moore County Schools Police began an investigation immediately," Lussier said. "The missing funds included monies collected through fundraisers conducted by the booster club, which operates independently of the school/school district, and monies collected from students for a band field trip. The Moore County Schools’ Chief Finance Officer is working with all schools to help them as they work with their booster clubs in establishing processes that will ensure appropriate financial oversight and accounting practices."

Lussier said that Faulkner is not a school district employee.

In a report filed by the Moore County Schools Police, Faulkner is accused of "fraudulently, knowingly and willingly" using funds for a purpose other than intended. She is accused of embezzling $32,000, which has been recovered.

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