Tennessee comptroller: Middle school band director stole over $130K
A Tennessee middle school band director has been arrested following an investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office which determined he stole at least $133,064 from the band booster club.
The investigation began after Collierville Middle School officials reported receiving suspicious bank records from Jason Seek.
Investigators said Seek used a variety of schemes to steal money from the band booster account from December 2011 through November 2016.
Authorities said Seek withdrew cash, used the booster club's debit card, wrote checks, and transferred money from the booster club account for his personal benefit. Investigators noted most of the cash withdrawals coincided with trips to various gambling establishments across the country.
Investigators added Seek created at least 13 false bank statements to try to conceal his theft. Seek also signed the name of a former band booster treasurer on checks and on a false financial report to the school.
Authorities stated that Seek admitted to investigators that he used booster club money for personal expenses and created false documents. He resigned from his position on April 20.
Seek was arrested on a charge of theft of property over $60,000 on November 22.
"Booster clubs are required by law to adopt procedures for safeguarding money, but many organizations have failed to do so," said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. "For most of the five-year period, the former band director was the only person who handled the booster club's money. When one person has total control, it invites the possibility of wrongdoing."