Licking County News

Bowers indicted in theft of $67,000 of boosters' funds

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Ernst Todd Bowers, 50 of 688 Citation Drive, was indicted by a Licking County Grand Jury last week on one count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, for improperly using $67,000 of the Watkins Memorial High School Band Boosters' money.

The Ohio Attorney General's office received an anonymous complaint about missing funds in August 2013, which is when the investigation began, said Kate Hanson, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Attorney General.

Bowers was treasurer of the band boosters and is accused of misusing the funds between Nov. 27, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2013.

Hanson could not confirm the number of years Bowers served as treasurer of the boosters.

Bowers is accused of using the money "for personal trips, adult entertainment, gas, food, personal cell phones, cable services and education expenses for family members," a release from the Attorney General states.

Kris Bowers, president of the Watkins Memorial High School Band Boosters, could not be reached for comment.

Southwest Licking Local Superintendent Robert Jennell was out of the office July 25, but confirmed the district is aware of the situation and said he was not sure who notified the Attorney General's office of the issue.

Hanson said she could not say if any other investigations of Bowers are pending. She said cases being investigated through the charitable law division of the Attorney General's office are confidential.

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