Two people have been arrested and are charged with taking money from the Thomson High School band booster program.
The Thomson police department, with cooperation from the McDuffie County Board of Education, conducted an investigation into missing funds from the Thomson High School band boosters club.
Dawn Thomas, 44 and the club’s treasurer, and Jack Smallwood, 56 and club president, have been arrested. Thomas, of 3990 Whitaker Road, Harlem, is charged with misdemeanor theft by taking. Smallwood, of 1654 Happy Valley Road, Thomson, is charged with felony theft by taking.
Mychele Rhodes, superintendent of McDuffie County schools , said in a news release that the system is “fully cooperating with the Thomson Police Department during an investigation into the misappropriation of funds within the Thomson band boosters account, which is an independent account outside of the schools and the school system.”
Rhodes added that, “while the McDuffie school system is deeply disappointed by this incident, the entire organization remains committed to the premier band program.”
Officials with both the police department and the board of education say the investigation continues, and no further information is available at this time.