Kenmore woman charged with pocketing money for high school fundraiser slapped on felony charge

KENMORE, NY (WIVB) – The treasurer of Kenmore West Girl’s Volleyball Booster Club is facing a felony charge after a lack of money to buy pizza put her under the microscope. Kerri Brown, 42, of Kenmore, was arraigned on Thursday afternoon for third-degree robbery.

An investigation into the booster club’s finances turned to Brown after it was discovered that there was not enough money in the organization’s account to buy pizza for high school student-athletes. The 42-year-old treasurer reportedly pocketed about $12,129 from various club fundraisers between July 2018 and June 2020, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Ken-Ton Schools released a statement Friday evening regarding the incident.

The Ken-Ton School District is aware of the arrest of an individual accused of stealing funds from a Kenmore West booster club. Although the money allegedly stolen has not been under the control of the District and the named person is not an employee of the District, the District will cooperate with law enforcement in its investigation.

To best protect our taxpayers, booster clubs operate independently of the District. The district is in no way involved in the finances of booster clubs, 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 protect school district funding. At no time may district funds be appropriated without complying with all applicable laws, regulations and accounting standards.

Patrick Fanelli, Director of Communications, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools

It is not yet known when Brown will be back in court. She is on her own recognizance since the charge does not entitle her to bail. She could spend a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.

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