SLIDELL, La. -- Police arrested a business manager for stealing more than $4,000 from a scholarship fund set up to honor Haley Howard, a student who died in an car crash in March.
Howard, a Northshore High School graduate and University of New Orleans student, was found when her submerged vehicle was pulled from the Irish Bayou on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain.
After her death, friends and family established a scholarship fund in her memory and a fundraising run/walk was held April 6 to benefit that fund, according to Slidell police.
Jonathan Lee Holcomb, manager of a store in Slidell, was instrumental in setting up that fundraising event, according to police.
In June organizers of the scholarship fund discovered that $4,340.17 had been removed from the account, without the knowledge or permission of the other members.
'An investigation into the missing funds revealed Holcomb had withdrawn the money from the account by way of checks, cash withdrawals and electronic transfers. Some of the electronic transfers were made to Holcomb's own personal bank account from the 'Hayley Howard Scholarship Fund' account, where the funds were then withdrawn as cash by Holcomb himself,' said a statement from Slidell Police.
Under questioning, Holcomb admitted to the theft. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for theft over $1,000.