Bradley County booster club concession manager indicted for theft
BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Bradley County Grand Jury indicted an employee of the Bradley Central High School Band Booster Club. They said the concession manager misappropriated over $2,000 from the band’s booster club.
Crystal Lynn was the concession manager for the Band Booster Club. The jury indicted her in February 2023.
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office said Crystal Lynn is being charged with theft over $1,000. Lynn made personal purchases using a booster club check between September and December of 2021.
The booster club holds fundraisers to raise money for the school’s band. Their main fundraiser is concessions during football games. The comptroller’s office said Lynn was responsible for buying concession items before football games.
However, she purchased other items, such as gift cards and clothing, as well.
Bradley County Schools reported the incident to the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office. The school district said this issue has been addressed and corrected. In addition, they said the finance department in the school’s central office will now be periodically auditing booster club accounts.
Lynn repaid the full $2,069.59 on December 13, 2021.
Investigators said the Band Booster Club also had some other questionable purchases. Other booster club members made purchases that were not properly documented with receipts or invoices. The total amount of these purchases reached $904.
It is unclear whether the purchases were made for the booster club, according to investigators.
“Booster clubs must ensure they have adequate controls in place to safeguard money and property,” said Comptroller Mumpower. “In this case, the booster club allowed some checks to be signed before purchases were made, and they did not maintain adequate documentation to support all purchases. These controls help reduce the risk of improper transactions.”
You can view the full investigative report here.