TEXARKANA, Texas — A northeast Texas booster club treasurer has been sentenced to federal prison in a wire fraud case that resulted in the theft of more than $60,000 from a high school showstoppers booster club.
42-year-old Nikki Diane May previously pled guilty to a charge of wire fraud in September 2019 — admitting to the theft of over $60,00 from the Pleasant Grove High School Showstoppers Booster Club — and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison yesterday, Monday, January 27, 2020.
During 2017 and 2018, May served as the treasurer for the Pleasant Grove High School Showstoppers Booster Club in Texarkana, Texas, according to information presented in court. The organization primarily provides support for the educational enrichment of the showstoppers dance team and provides funding, through charitable donations, to allow the the team's members to participate in events throughout Texas and the United States.
"As treasurer of the organization, May was entrusted with all funds received by the club and was responsible for depositing cash and checks received through various fundraising sources," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas. "May was also responsible for maintaining appropriate records of the funds received and expenditures made on behalf of the club."
"As treasurer, May was also entrusted with a debit card attached to the club’s bank account to be used for club business," continued the statement. "However, from June 2017 to around November 2018, May defrauded the club by stealing cash that had been received as donations to the club and using the debit card to withdraw funds from the club’s bank account all for her own personal use."
"May prepared treasurer reports that falsely stated the club’s bank balances in order to hide her scheme from club officers and members," continued the statement. "May’s fraudulent scheme resulted in the theft of more than $60,000 from the booster club."