Fundraised Money for Edinburg Band Booster Club Stolen
EDINBURG – An Edinburg high school’s booster club is out thousands of dollars.
A Robert Vela High School booster club’s president noticed money was missing from their account. They reported it to Edinburg police in January.
Edinburg Police Assistant Chief Oscar Trevino confirmed that 45-year-old Elizabeth Gomez Llanez stole $9,900. It was a combination of unauthorized cash and debit card withdrawals.
Llanez was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with theft.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to ECISD for comment. They sent a statement saying they are aware of an investigation is being conducted with the band booster club.
The statement went on to say they have no affiliation or directly oversee the booster club accounts. Also, it’s not their policy to comment on investigations not part of their district.
The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District is aware of the situation regarding the Band Booster Club and we understand that an investigation of this matter is being conducted. The District does not directly oversee booster club accounts. Therefore, it’s outside the authorization of the District’s supervision and independent of Edinburg CISD controlled District accounts. It is the District’s policy not to comment on investigations not part of ECISD.
Police said they don’t know what happened to the money. ECISD couldn’t say if parents were notified.
There are certain rules set in place for booster clubs.
The club is an outside organization that helps raise funds for a school. The school district should only collect on behalf of the organization providing funding.
In addition, a booster club or parent organization can submit a list of officers, the purpose of their organization and its guidelines to the superintendent.
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