Former local band booster treasurer sentenced in $40,000 theft
Jamie Gladden, the former treasurer of the Groesbeck Band Boosters was sentenced Friday after she pleaded guilty earlier to stealing about $40,000 from the group, Limesone County Attorney Roy DeFriend said.
Gladden, who pleaded guilty to the theft on Sept. 1, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to pay more than $39,000 in restitution, a $55-per-month probation fee and to serve 90 days in the Limestone County Jail.
She was also ordered to perform 192 hours of community service.
“Unfortunately, the defendant took advantage of a situation where trust had been placed in her, and she violated that trust,”
“The Band Boosters worked hard for that money; money which would have allowed the band members of 2016 to take a band trip. Due to her actions, no trip was taken that year,” he said.
Gladden was indicted in October 2016 for felony theft over $1500 from a nonprofit organization and felony theft over $20,000 from a nonprofit organization after a Groesbeck Police Department investigation that revealed that funds had been stolen frp, the group starting in December 2013 and continuing until September 2016.
Investigators determined that the money was taken via ATM advances and electronic transfers and was used to pay personal debts and expenses, DeFriend said.
Gladden could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison and fined as much as $10,000 on the first count and to as much as 10 years in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000 on the second count.