Monday, April 22, 2013

Band Boosters President Sentenced

Tracey Whittington Colbert
SNOW HILL -- The former president of the Pocomoke High School Band Boosters, convicted of theft in February after absconding with thousands of dollars of the organization’s funds, was sentenced last week to three years in jail with all but eight months suspended and was ordered to pay over $2,000 in restitution.

In October, Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) detectives met with representatives of Pocomoke High and the Worcester County Board of Education regarding a suspected theft.

Board members told detectives the president of the Pocomoke Band Boosters, identified as Tracey Whittington Colbert, 39, of Crisfield, had been using the organization’s funds for her own benefit.

The alleged theft was reported to police as soon as the Board of Education was made aware of the crime. The WCBI investigation revealed that between August and October, Colbert allegedly not only forged other booster member’s signatures on checks, but also stole roughly $2,271 from the accounts of the organization. As a result, Colbert was charged with theft from $1,000 to $10,000, forgery and uttering, and theft scheme from $1,000 to $10,000.

In February, Colbert was found guilty of theft from $1,000 to under $10,000, forgery of public documents and issuing a false document and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

Back in court last week, Colbert was sentenced to three years in jail with all but eight months suspended. She was also ordered to pay $2,271 in restitution to the victims and was fined $500 and placed on probation for three years.


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