Former Mayfield High School band booster who stole money avoids jail time

Michelle Ramsey pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Mayfield High School band.

A Las Cruces band booster who admitted embezzling money from the Mayfield High School band booster club will not serve jail time under a plea deal she agreed to Monday.

Michelle Ramsey, the former treasure of the band, allegedly stole more than $20,000 from the booster club, according to police.

She is also a teacher at Vista Middle School in Las Cruces.

Ramsey will have to pay back all of the money in exchange for no prison time as part of her plea deal agreement. She will also have to complete 500 hours of community service and will be on probation for the next 18 months.

According to court documents, Ramsey had access to four of the band’s bank accounts and was using the money for personal expenses.

An internal audit for the booster club’s band account was conducted after members found large sums of money missing from the account. The investigation revealed that receipts provided by Ramsey were fraudulent.

Booster club parents Kathy Brooks and Lisa Butler discovered that the money was missing.

“I think she was given multiple chances to make the right choice each time she told us she was paying for something that she wasn’t paying for,” Brooks said.

Butler said she and other boosters agreed with the punishment. "They all agreed they didn't want to see her serve prison time or go to jail but they did want her to face the consequences of what she did and they wanted her to admit guilt, and today was the first time you saw any semblance of that."

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