PTA theft is a federal case when the school’s on a military base

From the Associated Press:

A Fort Bragg mother will serve eight months in federal prison for embezzling more than $27,000 from the parent teacher organizations of two schools serving the children of military personnel.

Melinda M. DiLorenzo was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Bern (NC). Prosecutors say the 37-year-old woman was president of the PTA at Pope Elementary School and treasurer of the Albritton Middle School PTA during 2009 and 2010. In those positions, she was entrusted to handle money from events such as book sales and candy bar drives.

Prosecutors say DiLorenzo wrote herself at least eight checks from PTA accounts and withheld cash from deposits.

DiLorenzo pleaded guilty to larceny. She could not be reached for comment.

In addition to prison time, she was ordered to repay the stolen money.

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