Booster club president arrested for stealing $10k

- The former president of the Kathleen High School Booster Club has been arrested for spending nearly $10,000 of booster club funds on personal expenses.

Aaron Wilborn, 33, was asked to step down as board president sometime before June 2015 because other board members suspected he was misusing funds.

The board members then contacted the school board to do an audit, and the Polk County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation.

Deputies found that Wilborn spent club funds on movie tickets, gas, rental cars, personal bills, travel and hotel stays in Orlando and Tampa. Deputies say he overdrew the account which resulted in more than $2,000 in overdraft fees.

At a news conference Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Wilborn should pay better attention to the Ten Commandments. "If thou steals, thou shall go to jail," said Judd.

Wilborn faces fraud and grand theft charges and is now in custody in the Polk County Jail.

A statement released by Kathleen High School said the Kathleen High School Athletic Booster Club is no longer operational. "Coaches from all sports at Kathleen High (with the exception of the football program) used the booster club. However, the school no longer has an outside organization for these sports." 

Instead, they will use an internal account run by the athletic director and finance secretary, the school said.
 

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