When I started this blog, I was determined to keep up with PTA embezzlement stories. Turns out it’s harder than I thought, because PTAs are getting looted, looted all across this land, I tell you. And the crooks are going to get caught, because they’re rank amateurs, most of them. Here are some of the rules to follow for volunteer organizations: All checks should take two signautres, presidents should never sign a blank check, audits should be performed yearly, and PTAs should take out insurance to cover loss by theft. And one other thing: THOU SHALT NOT STEAL. Especially from kids.
Here’s the latest, from my home state of Missiouri, courtesy of Examiner.net:
The Blue Hills (near Kansas City) PTA had big plans for the 2011-12 school year.
From teachers’ grants and field trips to starting a much larger purchase that involved iPads, the Fort Osage School District school’s budget had already been developed to spend some of the association’s more than $17,000.
But those plans quickly changed when executive board members discovered that thousands of dollars from the PTA’s account were missing.
“We have $3,400 in our account right now,” said Chris Ford, president of the Blue Hills Elementary PTA. “Our estimate is that more than $14,000 is not there as it should be.”
The problem was discovered last month, when the current treasurer was working on the annual internal audit of the PTA’s financial records. Ford said by state law, the previous treasurer must turn over the books by July 1. After weeks of phone calls, he said he began to suspect that there was a problem.
When the books were finally returned July 26, Ford said there were a number of inaccuracies and discrepancies, and immediately the magnitude of the situation became clear.
“… There are so many inaccuracies,” Ford said. “We can prove that between $12,000 and $13,500 is missing. But our estimate is that there is well over $14,000 unaccounted for.”
The Blue Hills PTA is working closely with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation, although no charges have yet been filed.
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