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Band booster club ex-treasurer charged with theft

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a former booster club treasurer accused of stealing about $67,000 meant for a central Ohio high school band has been indicted for theft.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 51-year-old Ernest T. Bowers, of Pataskala, was indicted Thursday by a Licking County grand jury in Newark on one felony count of theft.

Court records don't list an attorney for Bowers. A message left at a home phone listing for Bowers wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

Investigators say the money intended for the Watkins Memorial High School Band was used for personal trips, adult entertainment, gas and food. Authorities say the money also was used for personal cellphones, cable services and family members' education expenses.

The attorney general's statement says Bowers allegedly stole the money over a four-year period.

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