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Former Johnson band booster president, wife charged with fraud
The Johnson High band performs in the stands at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium during a game earlier this season.

A former Johnson High School band booster club president is accused of using the booster club’s debit card for hundreds of dollars in unauthorized purchases, police said.

Perry Chad Cobb, 43, of Gainesville, is charged with 16 counts of financial transaction card fraud.

Oakwood Police said the department was investigating “three counterfeit checks being deposited into Perry Cobb’s personal joint checking account” with wife Lori Cobb, 43, of Gainesville, at United Community Bank.

Sgt. Danny Sridej said he found a returned check for $135 written by Lori Cobb “to purchase discount cards from Johnson High School Band Booster Club.”

The booster club discovered 16 unauthorized purchases by Perry Cobb between July 2015 and Aug. 10, police said.

Sridej said the purchases totaled hundreds of dollars.

Lori Cobb was charged with one count of deposit account fraud for “uttering a check from her account made payable to Johnson High School Band Booster Club in exchange for nine discount cards,” according to a news release by Sridej.

Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins said Perry Cobb is a county bus driver and Lori Cobb is a paraprofessional.

“The Hall County School District has immediately suspended their employment pending the outcome of the charges, as well as the district’s findings as a result of continued cooperation with the Oakwood Police Department,” Higgins said in a statement.

Sridej said he believes this is an isolated incident and would ask citizens to not be discouraged to donate to the program.

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