An attorney for former Southern University band director Nathan Haymer said Friday about $300,000 in band camp and other fees ended up in Haymer's personal bank accounts because he was directed to do so by school officials.
That money was then to be used to pay for band equipment and other expenses, said Karl Bernard, a New Orleans attorney who represents Haymer.
Bernard said while the system was unorthodox there was no wrongdoing, and bank statements will back up those claims later this month.
The attorney did not say who told Haymer to take payments from the school and put them into his personal bank accounts.
An audit by the Southern University System is questioning why about $300,000 in band camp and other fees wound up in the personal bank account…
On Thursday an audit by the Southern University system questioned why about $300,000 in band camp and other fees were in Haymer's bank accounts.
Haymer was fired on May 1 by Southern University System President Ray Belton, who is also chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus.
Bernard said Haymer hopes that, once school officials see more records, they will reconsider his dismissal.
He said Haymer is even willing to undergo some sort of disciplinary action if he can regain a role with the Human Jukebox, as the band is known.
Haymer, his brother Niles and mother, Patricia Haymer Rodgers, all attended the press conference.
But the ex-band director did not speak to reporters.
Asked why Bernard said, "Because I am here. I am here to speak on his behalf."
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