- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A nonprofit that helps support Sacramento-area musicians with their dreams to hit the stage claims that the organization has lost about $100,000 to embezzlement.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1Gke3mS ) board members of the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association, which covers insurance and transportation, among other costs to help bands perform, discovered funds were missing in August.

The nonprofit’s founder and vice president, Les Lehr, says irregular withdrawals found on the organization’s ATM card were used for personal expenses, including at hotels and a casino.

Lehr says former president Gary McCoy, who resigned following the discovery, was the only person who had access to the card. McCoy declined to be interviewed, citing the ongoing investigation.

Lehr says the organization’s funds are down to only $5,000.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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