Lubbock Man Indicted for Theft: Alleged Stealing from Down Syndrome Support Group

Published 03/26 2014 10:06PM

Updated 03/26 2014 10:24PM

By Anne Parker

(LUBBOCK, TX)- A Lubbock man indicted by a grand jury this week, for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a local group dedicated to Down Syndrome, BUDS.

According to court documents, Randy Burkhalter is charged with theft for allegedly stealing from BUDS, when he was serving as the president.

Below is a statement released from BUDS Board Members:

Our organization, BUDS, Better Understanding of Down Syndrome, is a group of parents and family members who have loved ones with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities.  We exist to offer educational materials, support, and socialization for these families, physicians and others who work with them.    

From May 2011-October 2012, our then President, Randy Burkhaulter, stole funds from our bank account and misused funds from our group through checks,  debit card usage and ATM withdrawals.  We were appalled that a parent of a child with Down syndrome would steal from the group that serves such families.   He used the debit card for personal items at various stores and online shopping.  Mr. Burkhaulter has sent our organization's attorney an email admitting to using the debit card for personal items in the amount of $5039.16. A review of our books has revealed that $14,881.22 is unaccounted for.  We have met with Mr. Burkhaulter a couple of times and he has stated that he cannot reimburse our group.  Originally he stated that his wife was responsible for the majority of the misused funds.  He has since taken responsibility. When we called an emergency board meeting, he resigned.  When asked for receipts, Mr. Burkhaulter says they were destroyed. The receipts that our group could obtain from Walmart were for a television, an IPad, groceries, gift cards, etc. and various hotels in Lubbock which are not related to BUDS business. 

 * Mr. Burkhaulter used the debit card for motels in Lubbock, groceries, a television, an IPad, gift cards, gas, etc.  
and a check to himself for reimbursement (triple payment for items). 
ve addresses in Lubbock.  He has something to hide by using a false address. 

As a Board and on behalf of members of BUDS and any and all donors that have so generously given funds to our group,  we are pressing  charges on Randy Burkhaulter.

> LaTresa Lowe, President
> Tamara Soucy, Secretary/Treasurer
> Beverly Freeman, Board member
> Eileen Smith, Board member

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