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High School boosters missing $7,000; Milford woman charged with embezzlement

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

MILFORD—The bank account for the Caroline High School’s athletic and music boosters is missing nearly $7,000, and the boosters’ former treasurer has been charged with two felony counts of embezzlement, Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa reported today.

Michelle S. Sullivan of Healy Street, Milford, was arrested at 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 16 and charged with two felonies, Lippa said. She was released on a bond posted by a relative. She was the treasurer for the athletic boosters and the band boosters, he noted.

Questionable recordkeeping for the boosters came to the attention of Dean Cable and Scott Gershowitz, investigators with the Caroline Sheriff’s Office. “There was a change of going from one treasurer to a new treasurer and our investigators looked into it,” Lippa said. “Many checks were written that were questionable.”

Investigators worked with the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer and made an arrest. Sullivan is scheduled for arraignment in Caroline Circuit Court on Aug. 30.

“This was money for equipment for football and the band,” Lippa said. “It was stealing from the kids because some of the money came from fundraisers that the kids had participated in. The music boosters and athletic boosters are out of this money now. It was a matter of taking money from the kids and putting it in a personal account.”

Questions began to surface when the new treasurer went to the bank and found that the account didn’t have $7,000. Instead, it had a balance of $14, Lippa said.

An audit should be done each time a treasurer steps down and a new treasurer takes on the duties, Lippa said.