Union Middle School parents allegedly drain booster club account - KMOV.com

Union Middle School parents allegedly drain booster club account

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UNION, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Two Union Middle School parents have been accused of stealing $23,000 from the band's booster club account and spending it on themselves.

"It makes you sick to your stomach thinking about kids losing out on somebody else's greed," said Jim Gaither, a grandparent of a student.

In July of last year, the Andersons were put in charge of the booster club's bank account and gift cards which are sold to raise money for the group. Union Police say after a check from the booster club bounced in December, police were called in to investigate.

The account, which was supposed to be used to pay for trips and new instruments, was discovered to be empty only five months after Terry and Betty Anderson began overseeing the club's finances.

Detective Leon Burton told News 4 that the Andersons confessed to taking money out of the account to pay bills and using gift cards for expenses like dining out, but intended to pay back the money.

"But they just kept taking them out of the box, using them and going to Walmart and getting gas and it just snowballed and they just kept doing it without paying any of the money back," said Det. Burton.

The booster club raises money to offset travel expenses to band competitions, special events like bowl games and summer camp and also helps pay for new instruments.

"My granddaughter's in band, it's just difficult, it's going to be hard for them to make that much money back," said Rita Powell.

Terry and Betty Anderson turned themselves in on Thursday and were released after posting $5,000 bond.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise the missing money.


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