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Fake Garinger band club let teacher steal thousands, officials say

Police say a Garinger High chorus teacher created a fake band booster club to embezzle from marching band families.
Police say a Garinger High chorus teacher created a fake band booster club to embezzle from marching band families. Observer file photo

A Garinger High music teacher created a fake band booster club to steal thousands of dollars from band families, according to court records.

Tashara McNair, who worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from January 2015 to March 2016, faces felony embezzlement charges. A grand jury indicted her in July for stealing “over $9,000” from the school itself and “over $9,000” from marching band families.

The indictment says McNair lied on band documents “naming herself as president of the non-existent entity Garinger High School Band Boosters,” directing money from band students and parents into that account and putting it to personal use. The thefts took place between July 2015 and January 2016, court documents say.

The alleged thefts came to light last school year, but WSOC-TV reported that parents learned of it at a meeting this week.

“The school leadership has taken this case seriously since it was brought to our attention last year,” said CMS spokeswoman Yaviri Escalera. “Administrators worked with law enforcement throughout the investigation to ensure appropriate action was taken.”

McNair, 27, is listed as living in Statesville. Court documents say she taught choral music at the time of the alleged thefts.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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