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Band booster mom pleads guilty to theft

Monday, March 13, 2006

Three years in prison, a $10,000 fine and reparation payments are what could face a Bainbridge woman who pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $5,000 from the North Putnam band booster club.

Connie McCurrey, 40, will go before Judge Robert Lowe on May 10 in Superior Court for what Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter called an open sentencing for her confessed role in abusing her position as treasurer of the North Putnam Band Parents Organization.

"The only deal we made with her was to leave her daughter out of it," Bookwalter said of McCurrey's voluntary surrender and pleading guilty to theft, a Class D felony.

Her daughter, Kimberly McCurrey, a former member of the band, admitted to police she had forged her mother's signature on checks she cashed at local banks. This was "at the request of (Connie McCurrey)," he said.

In exchange for the guilty plea and surrender, the prosecutor said he would not file charges against Kimberly McCurrey, who is now a student at Indiana State University. However, no request for a lowered sentence would be made to the judge, he added.

McCurrey had been treasurer for the North Putnam Band Parents, a tax exempt organization with finances separate from the school, since June 2004.

According to court documents, other band parents and school administrators confronted McCurrey on Jan. 18 with a list of questionable checks and deposits dating back to April 2005.

The papers say McCurrey told the group that the 19 checks made payable to cash, ranging in amounts from $50-$527, were for change and food at fundraisers.

However, other parent volunteers claim in the documents that the food for the events in question, including a car show, chili supper, spring concert and Rock-A-Thon either was never purchased or was donated by volunteers and not bought using the organization's money.

Also, the court documents claim, deposit records do not reflect that money taken out of the band parents' account before the fundraisers or any profits made at the events.

According to the papers, one check cashed by the women for $500 went toward a money order to pay for the rent on their home.

Connie McCurrey's sentencing date has been set for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10 in Putnam Superior Court.

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