Parents steal thousands of dollars from school booster clubs

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

We've all seen it on Saturday afternoons: Middle school or high school students setting up a car wash to raise money for their school band or football team. Schools are strapped for cash and cutting back, so the kids rely on booster clubs to raise money.

Typically, booster clubs are nonprofits run by parents. But an NBC News investigation found dozens of cases nationwide where some of those parents were stealing from the kids — tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Kimberly Compitello was treasurer of a booster club for the Oscar Smith High School marching band in Chesapeake, Va. Alicia Yoakem and Jason Berkley, who are seniors and members of the band, looked up to her. "She was just another mom, you know?" Jason said. "Like when you were there, she would always help you with everything you needed there at band."

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