The University of Illinois former director of bands pleads not guilty to charges that he stole and sold the school's instruments and then pocketed the money.
According to the Champaign New-Gazette, 48 year old Robert Rumbelow was arraigned yesterday in Champaign County Circuit Court and has requested a jury trial. Prosecutors say that last June Rumbelow sold clarinets valued at $5,500 each to a Nashville, Tennessee school district and took the money he earned and put it in his own personal bank account.
Besides clarinets there are also claims that cornets, french horns, trombones and saxophones belonging to the university and delivered to Rumbelow also disappeared last June.
Prosecutors are not sure what happened to those instruments. Rumbelow held the band director position since 2010. He repaid the money lost when he resigned last month.
He is free on his own recognizance.
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