Man indicted, charged with felony theft from Blan Music Boosters

News Journal staff

BLANCHESTER — A Midland man is charged with stealing over $3,000 from the Blanchester Music Boosters Club.

On Nov. 23, 2018 officers of the Blanchester Music Boosters Club came to the police station to report funds missing from their accounts, according to a news release from Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

“In total, the officers of the club indicated $3,219.25 was unaccounted for,” Reinbolt said.

BPD Ptl. Kristen Jeffers’ investigation produced evidence indicating the funds had been stolen by the club’s former treasurer, Anthony D. Gabbard, 52, of Midland, said Reinbolt.

“It appears the funds were taken in a series of transactions occurring between December 2017 and August 2018,” he said.

Reinbolt said results of the investigation were presented to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Rick Moyer, who approved presentation of the case to the county grand jury. The News Journal left a message for Moyer seeking additional comment.

On Monday a grand jury returned an indictment charging Gabbard with felony theft.

Gabbard, who has no criminal record, will answer the charge in the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas. His arraignment is scheduled for April 12. There is no attorney listed for Gabbard on the Clinton County Clerk of Courts website.

“I would like to point out that the theft was discovered through the oversight of the Music Booster Club officers and Blanchester High School Music Director David Wood,” Reinbolt added. “It is a testament to their diligence that this case is being brought to justice.”

News Journal staff