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Kenmore woman charged with allegedly stealing money from high school volleyball fundraisers

Posted at 4:09 PM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-04 18:54:14-05

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County District Attorney's Office says a Kenmore woman has been indicted for allegedly stealing money from high school volleyball fundraisers.

Investigators say 42-year-old Kerri Brown of Kenmore who was the treasurer of the Kenmore West Girl’s Volleyball Booster Club, became the subject of an investigation when the organization’s bank account had insufficient funds to purchase pizza for the high school student athletes.

According to investigators, between July 2018 and June 2020, Brown allegedly pocketed cash from various fundraisers, stealing approximately $12,129.00 from the organization.

Brown was released and a return court date has not yet been scheduled.

Ken-Ton Schools released the following statement

The Ken-Ton School District is aware of the arrest of an individual accused of stealing funds from a Kenmore West booster club. While the money alleged to have been stolen was not controlled by the District, and the individual named is not a District employee, the District will cooperate with law enforcement with its investigation. 

To best protect our taxpayers, booster clubs operate independently of the District. The District is not in any way involved in booster club finances, and booster clubs are in no way involved in the expenditure of school district funds.

The Ken-Ton School District operates at all times with the highest possible degree of accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility. Thorough and extensive accounting procedures are in place to safeguard school district funding. At no time would district funds be able to be appropriated without following all laws, regulations, and applicable accounting standards. 
Ken-Ton School District

If convicted, Brown faces a maximum of seven years in prison.