Sunday, February 2, 2014

Former Knightdale PTA president found guilty of embezzlement

Former Forestville Road Elementary PTA president Juli Ann Williams was found guilty of embezzling the PTA’s funds last week after a four-day trial.

Williams, who did not testify, was arrested last March when Knightdale Police concluded that she embezzled $4,129 in PTA funds she reported stolen from her car in September 2012.

It was the second embezzlement charge against Williams. In October 2012, Knightdale Police charged Williams with embezzling $1,500 from the school after auditing the PTA’s financial records and discovering the money had gone missing on July 20.

Altogether, police say, Williams took $5,629 from the organization.

She pleaded not guilty to both charges.

In court, Williams’ attorney Stephen Driggers said she took the first $1,500 because she thought the amount would cause tax problems for the organization. That money, the defense claimed, was returned.

The remaining money was stolen from Williams’ car in a Walgreens parking lot while she was on her way from the school to the bank, the defense said. That money was never returned.

Williams will have to pay $6,629 in restitution by Jan. 17, 2018.

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