PTA mom pleads guilty to forgery AND claims innocence

Here’s an embezzlement¬†case in which a former California PTA treasurer makes a plea deal and cuts a restitution check—and then denies wrongdoing through her lawyer.¬† No jail time involved, either.

From the Orange County Register:

Heidi Maclean Andrews, 50, of Rancho Santa Margarita also will perform 120 hours of community service, be put on three years’ probation and pay court fees.

“There were at least two PTA checks where she changed the payee from the school to a business she owned,” said Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. “It’s unclear what she spent the money on.”

Emami said the parents who initially came forward to report the alleged theft believed Andrews had stolen as much as $14,750, but investigators pegged the figure at $9,895, based on what they could prove in court.

Andrews was charged Nov. 16, 2011, with three felony counts of acts constituting forgery and one felony count of grand theft. The former PTA treasurer, who served on the parent-teacher association from about 2005 to 2009, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Newport Beach courthouse to one misdemeanor count of acts constituting forgery.

Andrews’ attorney, Dyke E. Huish, said his client was “a sloppy bookkeeper,” not a thief. She paid for PTA programs, including school theater productions, using her own money and would reimburse herself by writing a PTA check, Huish said. She did it “out of convenience, not out of theft,” he added.

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