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The investigation of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office resulted in Brock Cobb indictment of $2,750 misuse fund

Lenny Schumacher

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NASHVILLE, TN – Brock Cobb, the former band director of Rossview High School, part of the Clarksville Montgomery County School System, evidently has stolen approximately $2,750 which was supposed to be used as the students’ trip fund.

This investigation was started by the Comptroller’s Office after receiving reports from the schools' officials that there were possible missing funds. After the investigation, The Montgomery County Grand Jury officially indicted Brock Justin Cobb on one count of theft over $2,500.

The case started when students and family members paid the money for a spring break band trip to New York City for March 2020. However, the trip was canceled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Due to the cancellation, Cobb should have refunded the money to the students and family. Unfortunately, he didn't turn over the $2,750 he collected to the school bookkeeper for deposit into the school’s bank account.

Cobb kept the money and failed to record the money on school collection logs as required, which helped him hide his actions.

Some parents at that time tried to reach out to the school and Cobb, voicing their concerns about the refund for the cancellation trip, and reported that the amount of money they received was less than the money they paid back then.

After receiving complaints and questions from the parents, Cobb paid the money directly to the families, then he resigned as Rossview’s band director effective on June 22, 2020.

“Tennessee school systems must ensure that teachers who collect money are following the rules,” said Comptroller Jason Mumpower.

“These rules include preparing accurate collection records and ensuring money is turned over to the cashier each day for deposit. I’m pleased to see the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System is already taking steps to improve in this area,” Mumpower continued.

To view the investigative report, visit here.

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