Johnson County police arrested Chad Bell on charges of first degree theft the night of July 2 in Lone Tree.
Bell was treasurer and president of the Lone Tree Little Lions Wrestling Club, of which he assumed exclusive bank account control in January 2017, according to a complaint to the Johnson County Sheriff.
Bell allegedly used the account funds for personal expenses until it was nearly empty before depositing several certificates of deposit and continuing to spend from the account.
“Defendant (Bell) used club money to pay for expenses such as restaurants, online shopping, recreation, payment for his personal tax preparation, and a tow bill,” the complaint said. “The total loss is approximately $19,000.”
Lone Tree Superintendent Ken Crawford said the club was not under the district’s control and wasn’t subject to school oversight.
“He’s not a school employee,” Crawford said. “We can’t mix school and club accounts because one’s public and the other’s private.”