Know when to fold them–Miss. PTA president gambles away cookie money

Have you noticed the special attention we at the Chain Gang Blog give to PTA embezzlement stories? Well, there’s a reason for that.

WAPT-TV reports:

JACKSON, Miss. — A former Jackson elementary school PTA president has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges and has been ordered to pay $60,000, Hinds County court officials said. Prosecutors said Nicarra “Nikki” Nicole Johnson gambled away about $20,400, of the Timberlawn Parent Teacher Association’s money. The money had been raised by students who sold cookie dough as a fundraiser.

Coleman recently pleaded guilty and was given a suspended eight-year sentence. She was also sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $1,000 a month for five years, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith said.
Johnson surrendered her PTA position after a board member noticed the money was missing from Timberlawn’s PTA, officials said. She was indicted in 2010.

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