Former Manteo Music Boosters treasurer arrested for embezzlement 

By on March 15, 2024

The Manteo Police Department has confirmed that Faatimah Gibbs was charged and arrested on March 14 on felony embezzlement charge in connection with the finances of the Manteo Music Boosters, a parents’ group that supports Manteo High School and Middle School music programs. Gibbs had been treasurer of the organization.

In an email in response to a Voice question, Manteo Police Chief Brad Eilert said Gibbs was released on a personal recognizance bond and is slated for an appearance in Dare County District Court on March 15. He also indicated that ‚ÄúMrs. Gibbs has been cooperative in this investigation.‚ÄĚ

In an email to the Voice, the Music Boosters say they ‚Äúbecame aware of accounting inconsistencies within our non-profit bank account(s) last Fall, and immediately conducted an internal¬†investigation and audit.¬†With the assistance of our financial institution, our internal investigation has uncovered unspecified amounts of unauthorized cash withdrawals and other unauthorized account activities.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúDue to our internal investigation findings, the Manteo Music Boosters immediately filed a police report with the Manteo Police Department and as a courtesy, notified Dare County Schools Administration,‚ÄĚ the group added.

In a March 14 statement responding to Gibbs‚Äô arrest,¬†The Manteo Music Boosters said the group ‚Äúremains transparent in these investigations and want to thank all of our Manteo Students, Parents, Volunteers and all of our local businesses for supporting our organization.¬†¬†We remain committed to supporting the Manteo Middle and High Schools Music Programs to enrich students through music.‚ÄĚ

The Dare County Schools did not have an immediate comment on the arrest, but in an email earlier this month, a spokesperson stated that ‚Äúit is important to note that booster clubs and parent organizations operate independently and are not directly affiliated with the school district‚ĶThe Manteo Music Booster‚Äôs Club conducted their own internal audit…and notified us of their findings. In response to this incident, the district is reviewing our policies regarding parent organizations to prevent similar scenarios from happening in the future.‚ÄĚ

 



Comments

  • Right Hook

    How sad! I have compassion for this person who could not resist the temptation to steal funds from an organization that supports our childrens’ music programs. She selfishly stole from our kids and those who have contibuted and suppoted the purpose of this community effort and violated the trust she was given for her position as treasurer. Congrats to the organization for diligently investigating this embezzelment and reporting it to the proper authorities. I pray that as she faces the consequences for this violation she will repent and that her character will be restored resulting in her receiving forgiveness. Let this be an example to all of us to avoid any and all temptaions.

    Sunday, Mar 17 @ 7:34 am
  • Rob

    I thought very highly of this woman in the past. Just another snake in the grass!

    Sunday, Mar 17 @ 4:40 pm