School booster club treasurer accused of taking funds

An Aiken High School booster club official is accused of taking school money for personal use, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The president of the athletic booster club for Aiken High School noticed on Monday that Angela Beattie, the club treasurer, issued a check on Dec. 24 for $500, according to an incident report. The check was labeled as use for the “swim team,” the report stated.

The club president, Edward Wendell, contacted the school swim coach and asked if they'd received the $500 for team use, the report stated. The coach said the team had not received money, nor had they requested it, according to the incident report.

Wendell then contacted Beattie, who admitted she'd written the check to her husband for “personal use,” according to the report. Wendell went to Beattie's home and took possession of the checking account for the booster club and had Beattie's financial powers terminated, the report stated.

Beattie agreed to replace the money she took and returned all of the $500, police said. Wendell could not find any further discrepancies but will continue to confirm past checks issued by Beattie, the report said.

No charges have been filed against Beattie. A message left for Wendell was not returned by press time on Friday night.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.

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