• Second embezzlement case investigated in 2 years at West Rowan Middle School

    By: Joe Bruno


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Rowan County deputies arrested someone accused of stealing from the West Rowan Middle School band boosters for the second time in two years.

    The West Rowan Middle School Band Boosters Club contacted the Sheriff's Office on April 2 to investigate unauthorized financial transactions, according to deputies.

    The unauthorized transactions started Feb. 21 and continued until March 15, according to a news release. The total amount of funds involved was $2,708.

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    Deputies discovered the transactions in question were made by the same debit card issued to one of the parents involved in the band boosters club. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Nanette Isenhour, 48, of Cooleemee, with two counts of embezzlement of funds by a public office/trustee.

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    WRMS Principal Stacey White shared a message with staff and band booster parents saying the school is cooperating with law enforcement.

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    "We are saddened with the recent legal actions reported associated with the WRMS Band Boosters. While this concerns us, and we regret that it happened, please know that our district and WRMS administrators are working and will continue to work cooperatively with law enforcement throughout this unfortunate investigation," White said. "As we move ahead and plan for the future, we look forward to continuing to work with our Boosters in supporting our school’s enrichment programs for the growth of our students."

    The arrest comes a year after the band boosters club's former treasurer was also arrested on embezzlement charges.

    Last year, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office charged Chantel Reilford with six counts of embezzlement. Deputies said Reilford stole $14,000 over a six-month period.

    Deputies said Isenhour turned herself in Wednesday and was given a $5,000 secured bond.

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