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Metairie woman accused of stealing $48K from playground booster club


METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The treasurer of a Jefferson Parish playground booster club is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the club's accounts. 

On Thursday, Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies arrested Melisa Colomb, booking her with theft and computer fraud in connection with the case. Officials say Colomb stole $48,000 from the Lakeshore Playground Booster Club.

In a letter to Lakeshore families, booster club leaders said their bank notified them of a misappropriation of funds with their bank accounts. The letter also stated that the theft left the accounts with very little money. As a result, booster club leaders wrote that they won't be able to move forward with many of the improvements they were planning for the Lakeshore Playground this summer.

The club's president said that includes building new dugouts for the baseball field and installing lights for the batting cages, among other things. However, he said the booster club will work hard to recover the money and continue its efforts to better the park.

Thursday, some longtime park visitors were disturbed by the situation.

"I hope that the money is recovered. That would be nice. The people who run this playground and the volunteers do an awful lot of good work. None of this happens without volunteers and to think that money is stolen after being hard earned is really sad, disappointing," said Jim Kenny.

"It's very disheartening," said Bertha Booty. "If I could do something to help, I would be glad to."

JPSO officials say Colomb has worked with the Lakeshore Booster Club since 2011.

We were unable to reach Colomb for comment Thursday evening. However, a representative from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center said she was still in custody as of late Thursday night.

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