A rare sentence: jail time for PTA embezzler

I’ve been following these cases for more than a year, and usually the culprit gets off with a sentence of probation, community service, and restitution.  Well, this crime happened in Texas, where there’s often more hell to pay, and Ms Gray (no relation to Chain Gang Elementary‘s PTO President, Richard Gray) is going to serve some time for the crime.

Brad Kellar reports in the Greenville Herald-Banner:

A former president of a local elementary school parent-teacher association has been placed on probation and ordered to serve almost six months in jail, after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the organization.

Amy Gray of Greenville had received an indictment for forgery from the Hunt County grand jury in April. The indictment included 21 separate counts, alleging Gray wrote forged checks on the account of the Bowie Elementary School PTA.

Gray entered the guilty plea during a hearing Wednesday morning in the 196th District Court. Under a plea bargain agreement, Gray was placed on five years of probation, was ordered to complete 400 hours of community service, was sentenced to 180 days in the Hunt County Jail and was ordered to write a letter of apology to her victims.

Gray was facing a maximum sentence of up to two years in a state jail for a conviction on the charge.

Gray had applied for probation, should she be convicted of the indictment and the sentence imposed is 10 years or less, as she has never been convicted of a felony.

Gray’s family members said the entire missing amount has been repaid.

The indictment alleged Gray passed 21 checks between August 20 and November 27, 2011, in amounts ranging from $108.93 to more than $3,900 each. The total amount Gray was alleged to have stolen came to just under $20,000.

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