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Two former officers of the William Monroe High School Athletic Boosters Club were indicted by a Greene County grand jury Monday on multiple counts of obtaining money by false pretenses from the nonprofit organization.

Following a state police investigation, the grand jury handed down indictments Aug. 12 for Douglas Whitmarsh, the group’s former president and husband of Greene County Public Schools' Superintendent Andrea Whitmarsh, and Karen Wayland McAuliffe, the group’s former treasurer.

Douglas Whitmarsh, 52, faces two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. In the indictments, investigators allege that Douglas Whitmarsh illegally obtained equal to or more than $1,000 from the organization between March 2016 and October 2017.

McAuliffe, 57, faces five felony counts and one misdemeanor charge of obtaining money by false pretenses. According to the indictments, McAuliffe allegedly illegally obtained equal to or more than $2,500 from the boosters club between April 1, 2017 and Feb. 21, 2018. Investigators also allege that from May 22, 2016 through Sept. 20, 2016, McAuliffe illegally obtained an amount less than $500 from the organization.

Neither currently is serving on the boosters' board.

According to William Monroe High School’s athletic handbook, the school’s boosters club is designed to provide an additional source of financial support for all student-athletes. It is a volunteer group of parents and community members, governed by its constitution and bylaws. The handbook also states that “all the monies raised go directly back to the programs here at WMHS.”

The club’s current leadership released a statement Tuesday in response to the charges.

“The current volunteer board elected in March 2018 was saddened to learn there may have been some improprieties by some of the previous board members. As a completely new and unrelated board, we have taken the steps necessary to ensure funds are handled properly, accounted for, and are safeguarded for their intended use,” the statement read.

“We have full confidence in the new policies, procedures and systems we put into place over the last year and a half which allow us to better track the finances of the WMHS Sports Boosters.”

The Virginia State Police have not responded to a request for comment on the matter. No court date has been set for either at this time.

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Logan Bogert is a reporter for the Greene County Record in Stanardsville, Virginia. She can be reached at lbogert@greene-news.com or (434) 985-2315. Follow Logan on Twitter at @Logan_Bogert.

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