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Campbell County Choral Booster Club prez indicted

(State Comptroller’s Office) A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found that April Griffie, president of the Campbell County High School Choral Booster Club, stole at least $6,502 from the booster club. 
The investigation found that Ms. Griffie stole cash, transacted checks, and used the booster club bank card for her personal benefit. 
The theft also includes a $1,450 embroidery machine that Ms. Griffie purchased in September 2014 using booster club funds. Ms. Griffie used the machine to create customized shirts for choral students, and then, in February 2015, sold the machine and kept the proceeds. 
Ms. Griffie admitted to investigators that she had used some booster club funds for her personal purchases. In October 2015, April Griffie was indicted by the Campbell County Grand Jury on one count of theft over $1,000. 
“Booster clubs create an opportunity for theft when they allow one person to control all financial activities without oversight,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “State law requires school support organizations to adopt basic checks and balances to safeguard money.” 
School support organizations can learn more about these requirements by reviewing the Model Financial Policy for School Support Organizations on the Comptroller’s website. 
To view the special investigation online, go to: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/ia/
If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at (800) 232-5454, or file a report online at: www.comptroller.tn.gov/hotline. Follow us on twitter: @TNCOT

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