A former Santa Paula High School Band Booster Club member who has been accused of pocketing up to $22,000 from the band has been arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail.
Sources within the Santa Paula Police Department say they have been investigating the crime for months; they were tipped off about the missing funds earlier this year.
The money was supposed to be used to help send band members to a competition in Northern California. When community members learned it disappeared they helped up, raised funds and made sure the students could still attend.
The defendant is being held on $50,000 bail bonds. If he wants to hire a bondsman, his cost will be 10 percent, or in this case, $5,000. Should he not hire a local bail bonds company he’ll need to remain in custody until his case is resolved.
Santa Paula Police Department officials have not disclosed what evidence they have against the now-defendant, or how he managed to steal the money to begin with.
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