Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Staunton Police arrest woman for school for embezzlement in Virginia


Less than a year after an embezzlement case happened at R. E. Lee High School, another embezzlement investigation occurred at a different Staunton school. One arrest was made.

The Staunton Police Department took a report for embezzlement of funds from the A.R. Ware Parents and Teachers organization.

As a result of the investigation, police arrested Donna M. Tinsley, 40, of Staunton on one count of felony embezzlement. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

On Monday, Staunton City Schools promptly notified the Staunton City Police Department of possible irregularities with funds collected by the Ware Elementary School Parent and Teacher (PAT) organization for a fundraiser held last school year. The Staunton Police Department immediately followed up on the report.

The district staff has been in contact with the Police Department and will continue to provide requested information and assistance as the investigation ensues. The district staff also plans to work closely with the PAT at Ware Elementary School and other schools to help ensure that they implement additional safeguards to protect funds donated or paid to the organization.

"While PATs are separate organizations and not under the supervision of the school division, our parents and our community trust that all monies associated with our schools are handled appropriately," Linda Reviea, superintendent, said. "I am committed to doing all that we can to help the Ware Elementary School PAT through this difficult situation and assist its members as they move forward."

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