Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Antioch, California: Former PTO president accused of felony embezzlement

The one-time president of the parent-teacher organization at an elementary school here has been arrested after police say she used her position to steal thousands of dollars.

Police arrested Alisa Russo, 31, the former president of the Fremont Elementary School PTO, Friday on suspicion of felony embezzlement, Antioch police Sgt. Tony Morefield said. She is accused of stealing more than $10,000 in funds from the PTO.

The case came to light when Fremont Elementary School principal Jason Larson was alerted that money was missing, Morefield said.

"She has admitted to a portion of it," Morefield said. "She has not admitted to all of it."

The PTO raises money for school activities such as field trips and dances, and also was expected to help with graduation activities.

Larson did not immediately return a message seeking comment. According to the parent, Russo has been removed as the PTO's president, a position she had held since November.

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