Bryan Butz, the athletic director of White Knoll High School, has been arrested and charged with embezzling about $135,000 in school district money from a checking account he was using for his own purposes, according to a warrant and school officials.
The money came from funds raised by White Knolls Booster Club for athletic-related purchases. The Booster Club then turned the money over to Butz, who as school athletic director was supposed to turn it over the school, Lexington County Sheriff Jimmy Metts said, speaking of the warrant in the case.
But the money meant to reimburse the school for athletic purchases it had already made never reached official school accounts, according to officials and a warrant in the case.
Instead, Butz deposited the money into a checking account that he alone had access to, according to officials and the warrant.
It was a rogue account, said Mary Beth Hill, chief communications officer for Lexington School District One. Nobody else knew anything about it. Whatever money went in there just disappeared to wherever.