More Details Released in Bay High Booster Theft Case

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - The treasurer of Bay High School's Football Booster Club is accused of using the organization's credit card more than 64 times in the last year, buying more than $2,500 in personal items.

"Someone had noticed a purchase made for a couple pair of shoes in Tennessee, which was a red flag," said Ruth Corley, spokesperson for the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Principal Billy May notified investigators Friday about the disputed charges. They said an audit of the organization's finances revealed Rebecca Kominczak, 44, used her issued credit card for personal clothing, fast food, and ATM withdrawals of up to $300.

"Investigators believe when she made large purchases for the booster club, she added items of food to that purchase in effect trying to hide that purchase," Corley said.

Bay County School Board policy states booster clubs are independent organizations. School leaders have little oversight but do encourage members to follow strict financial practices, which include paying for club expenses with checks that require two members' signatures.

"One of the things that we strongly discourage is the use of debit cards or ATM cards," said Dr. John Haley, the district's operations director.

Kominczak was arrested Friday night and charged with Grand Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

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