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Cops: Former treasurer stole booster funds

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The former treasurer of a Brookwood High School athletic booster club was arrested Thursday after officials say she stole thousands of dollars from the group.

Police and school officials say Latrice Suvane Hollingsworth, 41, stole between $10,000 and $15,000 from the bank account of the Brookwood track and field booster club she was entrusted with. Warrants for her arrest were issued Tuesday before she was brought into custody just before 3 p.m. Thursday.

"The investigation started at the beginning of this school year ... when the booster club went through a leadership change," Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said. "As new officers took over, that's when it became apparent that some funds were unaccounted for."

It was unclear Thursday what percentage of total booster club funds those thousands would account for, or over what timeframe Hollingsworth allegedly bilked the club of money meant to provide extra support for the athletes participating in the sport.

Reached Thursday, Brookwood Athletic Director Mark Kimbro said he had "absolutely no comment" on the situation. Attempts to reach the school's track and field coaches were unsuccessful.

Warrants issued for Hollingsworth charged her with theft by taking by conversion, a felony. Jail records showed no criminal history in the county for the Lawrenceville resident.

Booster clubs are operated separately from the school system, typically run by parents or community members with an interest in the sport in question, Quintana said.

A similar occurence happened in Gwinnett just two years ago. Pete Casciano, then the treasurer of the Grayson High School wrestling booster club, was alleged to have stolen as much as $40,000 from the group.

Casciano was believed to have made car and mortgage payments with the funds.