PTA embezzlement: “You wouldn’t think this would happen”

I would.

And she faces such a heavy, heavy penalty.

This one’s from New Jersey:

ROSELLE PARK — A Roselle Park woman has admitted stealing more than $8,000 from the local Parent Teacher Association, where she served as treasurer, Union County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Barnes said.

Jamie Amato, 41, pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Elizabeth Thursday to taking $8,659 from the Robert Gordon Elementary School PTA account last year.

This amounted to nearly a third of the PTA’s annual budgetm and Amato gets off with probation if she pays back the money. Otherwise, she has to serve a whopping 90 days in jail.

Money quote: “You wouldn’t think this would happen but everybody’s a volunteer,” (the PTA president) said. “The people you work with are your friends but you just never know.”

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