Former Boys & Girls Club director indicted on theft charge

Former Boys & Girls Club director indicted on theft charge

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A former Midland Boys & Girls Club director was arrested Saturday by federal authorities for stealing thousands from the non-profit between August 2010 and July 2011, officials said Tuesday.

Luther Dobbins "embezzled, stole, obtained by fraud, [wrongfully used] and intentionally misapplied" at least $5,000 during his tenure as club director, according to the grand jury indictment.

If convicted of theft from a program receiving federal funds, a felony, Dobbins faces up to ten years in federal prison.

He appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Counts, officials said, and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Dobbins was ordered to forfeit $86,922 to the federal government for his alleged role in the scheme, court records revealed.

"Immediately after Mr. Dobbins' departure nearly five years ago, the [Midland Boys & Girls Club] board strengthened internal and external processes for financial accountability, including monthly examinations by a CPA," said David Chancellor, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. "Our cash transactions, which now only constitute 5 percent of our revenue, are closely monitored."

The charges against the former director were "disappointing" and acted as a "wake-up call," according to Resource Development Director Chris Stonedale.

"It violates the trust of not only the community, but also these kids [at the club]," he said. "Who are they going to look up to? We've done everything we can to make sure something like this never happens again."

Attorneys for Dobbins could not be reached for comment.

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