Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Police seek second suspect in PTA embezzlement case in Michigan

 Investigators in Grand Haven have a warrant out to arrest a second suspect accused of stealing money from an elementary school's PTA fund.

Police had already arrested Melissa Moore, 30, and charged her with embezzling up to $20,000 from Ferry Elementary School's Parent Teachers Association, for which Moore was a treasurer.
Investigators say they will not release the name of the second suspect until that person is arraigned.

Melissa Ann Moore, 30, is charged with embezzlement of between $1,000 and $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said Moore was the treasurer for the Ferry Elementary School PTA. She was arraigned in 59th District Court in Grand Haven this week and released on a $5,000 bond.

If convicted of the felony charge, Moore could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine, or three times the amount that was embezzled, whichever is greater.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a second suspect in the case, Hawke said Tuesday. That suspect's name is being withheld pending their arraignment on charges identical to Moore's.

Ferry Principal Steve Avram told the Tribune for a June 5 story on the case that he was notified a week earlier about discrepancies in the PTA's checking and savings accounts. He declined to name anyone targeted in the investigation.

“Representatives from the Ferry School PTA reported potential irregularities with their bank account," Hawke said in the earlier story. "It appears at this time that funds are unaccounted for or missing."

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