Asst. coach accused of taking team money

Asst. coach accused of taking team money

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A warrant is out for the arrest of the assistant girls basketball coach at Westover High school. She's accused of taking thousands of dollars meant for the team and forging documents to cover it up.

Katessa Campbell, the assistant girls basketball coach for Westover High school, is accused of stealing team money.

"The grand jury thought the allegations were serious enough to issue an indictment. So that sends a red flag to us. It's an unfortunate circumstance. We hate it for anybody but if people do things that are inappropriate then they got to be willing to pay the price," said Superintendent Dr. David Mosely.

The grand jury indicted Campbell on forgery and theft charges. "Of course everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Then the next step will be an arraignment on the case and from that point, trial if necessary," said D. A. Greg Edwards.

Dougherty County Police say Campbell forged a document of another school employee saying she turned in $2,750, but never did. That money was collected by the players for apparel.

"We probably will ask for reimbursement and that may be part of the judication if it goes to trial and she is found guilty. I'd like to get it back, it belongs to us," said Dr. Mosely.

Authorities began investigating after a bill for the apparel wasn't paid.

"Apparently the investigation centered around events that took place in November of 2012. But the actual charges are based upon events that took place in September of this year," said Edwards.

The bill was eventually paid for with other athletic account money.

Campbell, who is also a paraprofessional at Live Oak Elementary school, is suspended without pay.

The grand jury indicted Katessa Campbell on the charges yesterday. Authorities are waiting for her to turn herself in.

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