2 charged after misappropriating $60K from dance parents - WKRN News 2

2 charged after misappropriating $60K from dance parents

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More than 50 Williamson County families, including the family of country superstar Trace Adkins, are listed as victims in a grand jury indictment.

The indictment alleges that a Franklin couple misappropriated more than $60,000 from the group that was going to Disney World as part of a dance trip.

John and Melanie Swoap are now both charged with theft over $60,000.

John allegedly tried to cash the parents' checks on two occasions.

"The Williamson County grand jury returned an indictment, alleging that John and Melanie Swoap took more than $60,000 from 55 victims. The Franklin Police Department investigation involves a trip to Disney on behalf of a local dance studio," explained D.A. Kim Helper said.

A parent whose daughter attended the school of dance and went on the trip told Nashville's News 2 Investigates that the Swoaps arranged for the Franklin dance group to go to Disney World as part of a comprehensive dance program.

The parent said each family pre-paid more than $1,000.

Upon arriving to Disney World, the group learned there was a problem with their reservations.

John Swoap, who was also on site, attempted to rectify the problem; however, parents wound up paying additional money to make sure the kids' trip was not spoiled.

After returning home, parents contacted authorities in Franklin to file formal charges.

"The dance studio got down there based on a trip and there were no arrangements made when they arrived," Helper said.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates attempted to get a comment from the dance school and more than a dozen victims.

We also reached out to Melanie Swoap, but she said it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.

A check of Williamson County arrest records indicates that he has previous charges for writing worthless checks and probation violation.

The Swoaps are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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