Police still investigating booster theft

The investigation into the alleged embezzlement of Ponder Fine Arts Booster Club money is still underway, according to police Chief Robert Genova.

Ponder police have no time table for when they anticipate making an arrest or closing the investigation, he said.

“We’re still waiting on some subpoenaed materials,” Genova said. “It’s going well. It’s progressing.”

Genova would not disclose what the subpoenaed materials are that the department is awaiting. He would onlysay that they’re “evidence records” police anticipate arriving soon.

Ponder police began investigating claims of a former band booster allegedly pocketing $20,000 in Ponder Fine Arts Booster Club funds for personal use in January.

Boosters told the Denton Record-Chronicle last month that they learned club money was missing in January when another former booster parent, whose name was still on the organization’s bank account, informed current members of a call received from Bank of the West indicating the group’s bank account was overdrawn and had a $300 deficit. Around the same time, creditors began mailing notices to band officials for unpaid apparel, band patches and video expenses.

The club intended to use the money for future out-of-town band performance trips.

Last month, James Wood dealerships in Denton and Decatur surprised the club with donations totaling $20,000.

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