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Chesapeake high school band raising funds to replace embezzled money

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-25 09:44:35-04

Chesapeake, Va. - Members of the Oscar Smith High School band and their parents are ramping up their fundraising efforts after the former booster club treasurer embezzled more than $13,000 from the bank account.

"There was nothing left," said Linda Skrip, a band parent who was on the booster club board when Kimberly Competillo's crimes came to light.  "She took everything that was in the account."

Competillo pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement in Chesapeake Circuit Court last month.  Police arrested her in February. Court documents say Competillo wrote several checks to herself from the booster club's bank account. The money was supposed to be used for college scholarships, band uniforms and instruments.

"At one point we even talked about dissolving the organization because we didn't know if we were going to be able to recover from it and continue on," Skrip said.

Instead, those affiliated with the band are holding fundraisers to build the fund back up. The next fundraiser will be held Sunday, July 28, at Big Woody's in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Those wishing to donate to the band can contact the school at (757) 548-0696.