WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Crystal Mulero, a 40-year-old Wyoming resident and member of the Wyoming High School Band Boosters, was arrested and charged with embezzling funds from the club, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety says.
Mulero was arraigned Thursday in the Wyoming 62-A District Court on a charge of embezzling between $20,000 and $50,000. No one else was charged.
According to court documents, the specific amount Mulero is accused of embezzling is $35,800.
She was the president of the band boosters, a parent-led group that is legally separate from the district, according to a Thursday letter from the superintendent.
The district contacted the Wyoming DPS in late February after discovering a “suspicious” situation: outstanding invoices to vendors that had worked with the band booster club. DPS then investigated.
Wyoming Public Schools Superintendent Craig Hoekstra said that no district employees were involved. The district’s business office did not have access to the booster club’s financial records.
Moving forward, the district’s business office will manage fundraising efforts and supervise accounts closely, the superintendent said. Parents may still volunteer.
Hoekstra said that band camp will be free for students this summer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.