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Loogootee Woman Accused of Stealing more than $30,000 From Band Booster Account
Updated November 8, 2018 11:23 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(MONTGOMERY) - A Loogootee woman will appear in court on December 10th on charges that she stole thousands of dollars from the Barr-Reeve Band Booster account.

Sheryl Chestnut is facing felony charges of theft and forgery.

Chestnut was the treasurer of the Barr-Reeve Band Booster account. The booster club is a private group outside of the school corporation and is therefore not supervised by the school corporation.

The missing money was discovered when Barr-Reeve music teacher and band director Stephanie O'Brian began checking on the funding for the trip.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Chestnut is accused of withdrawing money and writing checks to herself out of the booster account. The affidavit states Chestnut told investigators she used the money to pay personal bills.

In total, she's accused of taking $34,295 from the account between January 2015 and October 2018.

School band officials say that the band was scheduled to go to Disney in March, but will not be able to do so because of the theft.

A letter to parents states that it is the band boosters' goal to pay back any money/deposits that the parents and students have made toward the trip thus far.

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