Police say former Lumberton band booster club treasurer spent stolen funds in casinos

LUMBERTON - The former treasurer of the Lumberton High School band booster club spent much of the funds in casinos according to police.

Former booster club treasurer Helen Cox was arrested by Lumberton Police according to Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins.

Her bond has been set $250,000.

The stolen funds totaled $70,820.16 according to the probable cause affidavit.

Cox assumed her duties as the club's treasurer in mid-May according to the affidavit.

She was added to the account and given authorization to sign checks and had control of a "check card" the affidavit said.

The affidavit says that the funds were spent via ATM withdrawals and "check card" charges at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, the Palace Casino and the Beau Rivage Casino, both in Mississippi.

Funds were also spent at a dentist's office, Walgreen's, Daylight Motors, Walmart and Home Depot according to the affidavit.

Security video from several of the locations where the funds were spent were used in the investigation the affidavit said.

Louisiana State POlice also assisted in the investigation.

Booster club president Randy Eason says that he will be setting up alerts for purchases made on the club's account.Police say former Lumberton band booster club treasurer spent stolen funds in casinos

Cox could face two to ten years in prison and be fined up to $50,000

The Lumberton High School Mighty Raider band Booster discovered that all of their funds were missing in late October.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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