Student FFA booster club missing $13,000 amid allegations of theft

HOUSTON

The roof of the FFA barn needs to be replaced and the roads need to be paved, but that's not possible now, because someone stole $13,000 from their booster club account.

Robert Cabrera, president of the Cy Springs High School FFA booster club, said, "It felt like you're being robbed, being mistreated, taken from."

Cabrera's son is raising chickens for their show at the end of the month.

Last fall Cabrera and other parents noticed money mysteriously missing from the booster club account.

"We were seeing $100, $300, $400 -- it was ongoing," Cabrera explained.

It added up to $13,000. By September the fed-up parents filed a complaint against the booster club treasurer, who works at Davis High School in HISD and her husband -- a now former staff member at Cy Springs. Now four months later, neither has been criminally charged but both are under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff's Office financial crimes division.

Parent Leroy Martinez said, "I'd like to see them get charged and, if possible, pay some of the money back. It's for the kids. That's why we do this"

For now, Cabrera is left with 14 students to prepare for a show and hardly any money in the bank.

"It's pretty upsetting that somebody would do something like this to these kids," Cabrera said. "They have nothing against them. They didn't do nothing for them to do that to them."

A spokesperson for Cy Fair ISD sent us a statement in response to our questions about this ongoing investigation: "Administrators and staff are working closely with FFA students and parents to ensure that students are able to show their animals and participate in upcoming FFA events and competitions."

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