The former president of the Mustang High School football booster club, The Touchdown Club, has been charged in Canadian County District Court with one count of embezzlement. Raymond Craig Davis Jr., 48, has been charged with fraudulently appropriating approximately $10,000 belonging to the Touchdown Club.
“We are saddened to inform our patrons that an individual, whom we entrusted with leading the Touchdown Club, is believed to have mishandled funds,” said Deputy Superintendent Charles Bradley.
Mustang Public Schools has been working for two years on sanctioning all of the district’s booster clubs. Originally, the booster clubs operated as independent entities with no school oversight. The sanctioning process has moved them under the district umbrella where the Board of Education can request records and help with the record keeping process.
Now that the booster clubs are sanctioned, the district has implemented a procedure of choosing three for an independent audit of their financial records each year. During this process, independent auditors contracted by the district and Mustang Schools financial staff found thousands of dollars not accounted for in the Touchdown Club’s accounts. MPS contacted the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office to continue the investigation with a forensic auditor.
Although Davis has been charged, the investigation continues to ensure no one else was involved. The district will continue to cooperate with the investigation until it reaches a conclusion.
Bradley said he is disappointed that a parent entrusted with a program to benefit kids could have allegedly mishandled and embezzled funds.
“It’s not the school district this individual is accused of stealing from, it’s the kids,” he said. “The athletes and the parents gave of their time and talents to raise money earmarked to go back into the program and back to the kids. It’s inconceivable to me that a parent could violate the trust of other parents and then take away resources the athletes themselves worked for.”
Bradley is thankful Mustang Public Schools started the booster club sanctioning process during the 2015-2016 school year.
“The sanctioning process has given the district a layer of protection that we didn’t have before,” he said. “It was helpful in this instance and we are thankful for the support from the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.”