Ex-PTA treasurer fears going to jail “may impact my family in a negative way”

Maybe she should have thought about that earlier.

Aleta Taylor, ex-treasurer of Roosevelt Elementary School PTA in Olympia, Washington, has been charged with stealing nearly $15,000 from the PTA over two years. Taylor, 40, was the PTA treasurer 2007-09 and 2010-11. Her husband, Paul Taylor served in that role 2009-10.

From The Olympian:

(Current PTA President Desi) Saylors reported the alleged theft to Olympia police in August 2011. In October 2009, former Roosevelt PTA Vice President Christopher White had raised concerns about Taylor’s “free rein” and “lack of accountability” while managing PTA finances. In September 2010, Saylors, then the Roosevelt PTA’s vice president, “expressed concern” to fellow PTA members that “there had not been a financial review in the past two years.” The Washington Association of PTA’s bylaws require that every PTA in the state conduct a financial review at the end of each fiscal year.

In June 2011, Saylors, who had become Roosevelt PTA president, ordered Taylor to turn over all PTA financial records.

PTA members reviewing the financial records in 2011 noted “unexplained transactions” involving the PTA’s bank account during 2008. An audit conducted by the PTA, with the assistance of Olympia detectives, revealed that Taylor used a PayPal account that was originally set up for a Roosevelt PTA fundraising effort to access Roosevelt PTA funds from its First Citizens Bank account. Police say Taylor used the legitimate Roosevelt PTA PayPal account to deposit funds belonging to the PTA into her own PayPal accounts.

Taylor also is believed to have transferred funds from the PTA’s bank account to pay for purchases not authorized by the PTA.

Taylor admitted to the PTA that she had “taken $1,700 without authorization.” She stated in a letter to the PTA that she could pay $100 a month to pay off that amount.

During an interview with an Olympia detective, Taylor “expressed fear over going to jail and that her involvement in the thefts was going to severely impact her family in a negative way.”

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