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Suspect in Ponder High booster club theft indicted

Bronwyn Lenore Wright, who is accused of stealing about $21,000 from the Ponder Fine Arts Booster Club bank account between August 2014 and December 2015, was indicted last week by a Denton County grand jury.

Wright, 44, was arrested in March and charged with theft of property between $20,000 and $100,000, which is a third-degree felony and carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

Wright spent one day in Denton County Jail in March before posting her $10,000 bail. She was the club's former president and had control over the club's finances from May 2014 to December 2015, a Ponder police arrest affidavit said.

Bronwyn Wright, Denton County Jail muCourtesy photo
Bronwyn Wright, Denton County Jail mu
Courtesy photo

According to earlier reports in the Denton Record-Chronicle, club members first learned money was missing from the club's account at Bank of the West in December 2015. 

Once club officials started closely scrutinizing ATM withdrawals and transactions from the account — obtaining all account statements from August 2014 to December 2015 — they discovered $21,685.36 was either unaccounted for or completely missing, according to the Ponder arrest affidavit.

Police said Wright made thousands of dollars in cash withdrawals and credit card transactions from the club's main account, as well as an undisclosed secondary account she opened in October 2014. Club officials also told police they were about $11,000 in debt because Wright did not pay bills when she was in charge of the money.

Wright and her husband, Brian Wright, moved from Ponder to an unincorporated area in Wise County near Rhome in the summer of 2015, Ponder police said. 

Bronwyn Wright formerly worked at Marky's Dry Cleaners on West University Drive in Denton from August 2015 to September 2016, her arrest affidavit said.

The booster club has since reorganized and voted to rename the group from the Ponder Band Booster Club to the Ponder Fine Arts Booster Club, making it inclusive of the district's choir program. 

Denton County First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said she expects Wright's initial court date to be scheduled within the next month.

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.