Thursday, May 2, 2024

Embezzling Band Mom Going to Prison

Embezzling $42,000 from the Brandon High School Booster Club Band landed Donna Floyd in prison.  

Rankin County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced Floyd to 20 years in prison but suspended 15 years of the sentence.  However, Floyd will probably only serve 25% of the five-year prison sentence since embezzlement is considered a non-violent offense.  

Judge Ratcliff also ordered her to pay $42,105.84 in restitution, $1,441.50 in court costs, a District Attorney fee of $500, and Brandon police investigative costs of $500 within five years after release.  She must start paying $750 per month after she is released.  

Floyd pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement last week in Rankin County Circuit Court.  Her petition to enter a guilty plea states: 

Embezzlement. The elements of that crime are: on or about and between July 22, 2022 and May 20, 2023, did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously embezzle or fraudulently secrete, conceal or convert to her own use United States currency totaling Twenty-Five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) or more which came or was entrusted into her care or possession by virtue of her position as treasurer for the Brandon Band Booster Club, a non-profit corporation, in violation of Miss. Code Ann. §97-23-19 {1972, as amended).

Attorney J. Michael Duncan represented the defendant.  

The club sued to recover the funds but later withdrew the lawsuit. 

Kingfish note: This is not the first time Floyd was accused of embezzlement.  Her own mother sued her and her boyfriend for embezzlement in 2016.  The Court found Floyd guilty of perjury.  Earlier post. 

The mother obtained a judgment against Floyd and her boyfriend, Joshua Jacobs. 

The mother and daughter eventually settled the case but Johnson continued to seek justice against Jacobs as Judge McDaniels said the defendant embezzled $65,976 from Johnson's bank accounts. 

The Court issued a default judgment against Jacobs and awarded $144,764 in damages to Johnson on October 10, 2018.  $65,976 in compensatory damages, $25,000 in pain and suffering, $1,000 in punitive damages, and $52,788 for attorney's fees comprised the total award.  

Jacobs tried to escape his pursuer as he filed a petition for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Alabama.  Undeterred by the legal maneuver, Johnson submitted her claim against Jacobs to the bankruptcy court.  Jacobs was unable to include the debt in the bankruptcy due to its fraudulent nature.  

Johnson agreed to a compromise settlement with Jacobs for $45,000. Jacobs agreed to pay $250 per month for 48 months.  If he missed a payment by more than 45 days, Johnson could enforce the original judgement could be enforced against him.  The Court approved the non-dischargeable settlement on May 15, 2020.  

Here is what the Kingfish thinks happened.  Loverboy probably defaulted on his payments.  The amount of the settlement matches up with the amount embezzled from the band booster club.  The embezzlement took place from July 2022 to May 2023.  It would not be a surprise to learn Floyd embezzled to repay the other embezzlement.  Just speculation from JJ.  




Anonymous said...

Has anyone involved in the TANF funds ben sent to prison yet? Of course that only involved $100,000,000.

Anonymous said...

"Has anyone involved in the TANF funds ben sent to prison yet? Of course that only involved $100,000,000."

This speaks volumes about how corrupt our State government is.

Anonymous said...

10:17 you been hibernating? The state agency head overseeing TANF funds was convicted and sentenced to prison. Also, his subordinate (Nancy New) has also been convicted, along with two in her employ. That makes four.

Anonymous said...

You did not read my post very well. I KNOW they have been convicted, I asked if anyone has BEEN SENT TO PRISON ? Your " been hibernating " comment could invoke an insult from me but I will take the high road.

Anonymous said...

Since you jumped into this I will also ask if anyone " higher up " who steered all this money has even been charged. The answer is no and if you do not think this was manipulated from above then you are extremely naive.

Anonymous said...

11:24 I think we would all say, 'let the guilty be punished.' What evidence is there that those you speak of should be indicted and brought to trial? After all, if they are brought into a courtroom the state will have to show cause as to why they are there. Are you accusing prosecutors of hiding evidence?

Anonymous said...

For a first time, non violent offender, why are we expending taxpayer dollars for incarcerating her for 5 years? Make her pay it back (or pay it double back), do community service, serve the time on weekend etc, makes no sense. Maybe send her to the Urmy to cook for the troops! I bet she can cook good! I feel the same way for any non violent, first time offended. The guy who stole the money from Broadmoor, didn't he pretty much get off scot free?

Kingfish said...

She will serve a little over a year

Anonymous said...

Exactly 10:17am - but let's get the band mom!

**Not that she shouldn't be punished, of course, but come on, will the responsible parties to the TANF scandal ever be brought to justice??

Anonymous said...

"she must start paying..." She won't pay. And nobody will do anything about it. Restitution is something that makes people feel good at sentencing that rarely comes to fruition. And rarely does anyone do anything about default.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:38 - not the prosecutors, the investigators. Boy Wonder himself. It’ll come out soon enough. That’s why he’s trying to distract you all with his DEI BS.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing really new to the story when you posted it a week ago

Anonymous said...

Goon Squad: Jail
Tune Squad: Jail
Poon Squad: Multiple firings and lawsuits
Moon Squad: Arrest, rumored criminal indictment, and civil suit

Come to beautiful Rankin County where the fun & games never end!

Anonymous said...

@11:47 pastor that stole at Broadmoor went to prison over objections of all the good deacons that wrote and showed up.

They have houses for sale in NE Jackson, belhaven and fondren. Woodland Hills is cheap too and you can be surrounded by like minded weak on crime liberals. Everyone that steals should be penitent.

Anonymous said...

LOL at all the band parents that said this was fake news and she was innocent!

Anonymous said...

On a related note:

It's been claimed that this organization is not affiliated with, controlled by, answerable to or sponsored by either the school or the School Board.

That being the case, since the school allows this organization to hold rallies, fund-raisers, concessions and other activities on school property...I'm pretty sure that opens the school up to the requirement that OTHER organizations be allowed to do the same. And some of those organizations might be entirely unwholesome in the eyes of the school and parents.

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping she can turn over a fresh leaf and, based on her skills, can be assigned to work a register in the prison canteen where other guests use their piggy bank to purchase little necessities and luxuries.

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