Former Burk Boys & Girls Club Leader Charged

Published: Jul. 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM CDT
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The former Executive Director of the Burkburnett Boys & Girls Club, Sharon Bankhead, has been charged with stealing nearly $80,000 from the organization.

Bankhead faces a third degree felony charge of theft over $20,000/under $100,000.

She turned herself in to the Wichita County Sheriff's Office at 10:55 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd. Her bond was set at $50,000, but she bonded out shortly after arriving.

The day prior, on July 2nd, Bankhead met with Burkburnett Police Detective Krc and admitted to "making personal purchases with the club account as well as taking cash money from the cash deposits of the Boys and Girls Club accounts," according to the arrest affidavit. However, Bankhead did not agree with the amount of money the auditors said was stolen.

Police made arrangements with the Wichita County Sheriff's Office for Bankhead to be able to go home, get her affairs in order, and then turn herself in, because she was so cooperative with police.

Det. Jeff Krc said the Club's Board President, Marguerite Love, first came to the police department with concerns of missing money on May 28, 2013.

"I advised them that you probably need to get an accountant or something like that to help put the paperwork in order," said Det. Krc. "There was a lot, a large volume of paperwork from 2009...into current time, 2013, of funds missing."

Det. Krc said the appropriate paperwork was returned to the Burkburnett police department on June 28th. He said only Bankhead is under investigation, and the Boys and Girls Club Board has been very cooperative with police.

"They've done an amazing job as far as getting us the information we need for that.  The reason they didn't know this was happening was because they're only given the paperwork that's given to them by her," said Det. Krc.

Love issued a statement on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club, stating the Board is aware of the "misappropriation of funds" and is "cooperating fully with authorities."

"Our highest priorities are the safety and well-being of the children we serve, and the responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by our donors and the community, which are intended to support our mission of service to the young people who need us most," said Love in an email.

Christina Myers