Woman Charged With Stealing From The PTO

Sarasota, Fla. (970 WFLA) A  PTO  volunteer is in trouble for allegedly stealing checks meant for the Southside Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.   

The Sarasota Police report says 48 year old Tiffani Donavan  is charged with 11 counts of uttering a forged check after PTO members reported the missing funds.     According to the PTO, one of the groups raising money, the "Southside Business Partners," learned of the missing funds.

Payment process for the PTO included checks and cash that were sent by parents and brought to the school by their children or they were dropped off at the office of the school.  They were then placed in an open mail slot in an unsecured area of the office.

The PTO started to investigate the matter of stolen checks through emails to committee members and through questions at PTO meetings.  The bank of first deposit was established on stolen checks.  The personal information on the account belonged to Donovan.

Between July 4, of last year and December 17, 2016, 11 checks were deposited into the personal account of Donovan totaling $7,325.  All of the checks were never deposited into the PTO's account.  every one of the 11 checks were made payable to the Southside PTO  and hand endorsed by Donovan.

Photo Credit: Sarasota Police

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