Mom accused of stealing from school boosters

Posted at 4:54 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 17:47:03-05

TAYLOR MILL, Ky. – Volunteers from a local high school boosters program said thousands of dollars were wrongfully taken from the group, and it was one of their own who was responsible.

After Chastity Boyd became the new president of the Scott High School Eagle Club, she noticed some discrepancies in the club’s finances. The group’s leadership began looking into their books and found that more than $1,600 in purchases that were unapproved and even more cash – they estimate between $5,000 and $10,000 – had never been deposited.

They called the police.

The investigators traced credit card receipts to Dana Tucker, a mom at Scott High and volunteer with the Eagle Club who had helped collect money at concessions and was one of just three volunteers with access to the card, according to a police report.

Police said that Tucker withdrew more than $1,800 in cash, and they found charges totaling more than $2,000 for personal items like magazines, diapers and steak.

“For the students, it’s definitely discouraging,” Boyd said. “And I’m a parent. I have two boys at Scott, so as a parent, it is discouraging.”

She praised the work of the Boosters. School officials said this was an isolated incident.

“We have made checks and balances so something like this won’t happen again, of course,” Boyd said.

Tucker was charged with theft by unlawful taking. She appeared in court for arraignment this week.

Officials said Tucker is no longer a part of the Eagle Club.

If she’s convicted, she could face between one and five years behind bars.