Former Unicoi County High School band director Brad Williams was sentenced to spend the next 60 days in jail with work release at a hearing held Friday in Unicoi County Criminal Court.
Williams was arrested by the Erwin Police Department on July 1, 2010, and charged with theft over $1,000 following a point investigation by the EPD and the Comptroller’s Division of Municipal Audit. On that same date, Williams resigned from his position as the high school’s band director.
According to a report released in mid-July 2010 by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s office, Williams charged more than $10,000 in personal expenses and fees to a credit card account set up on behalf of the band boosters. This account was opened in 2006 by Williams under the name “Unicoi Co. Band Boosters, Brad Williams,” according to the report.
It was alleged that from the time this account was opened to 2010, Williams paid only around $1,200 toward the balance on his personal purchases while requesting the booster club pay $25,500 on the balance. Auditors reported that after a discussion with state auditors, Williams repaid around $6,300 to the booster club.
According to the report, on May 10, 2010, Williams deposited $3,900 from the October 2009 Apple Festival parking lot fundraiser fund. The report said Williams said this money was left in his closet and had been forgotten about. The deposit occurred after his wife, former Unicoi County Schools finance director Angie Williams, admitted to auditors that she had used county money to cover some of the couples personal expenses.
Brad Williams was indicted on the charge of theft over $1,000 in December 2010 and pleaded guilty to the charge in August. Williams was taken to the Unicoi County Jail following Friday’s hearing and his request for diversion was denied by Judge Lynn Brown.
Angie Williams was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail following a January hearing after having previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $10,000.