Friday, February 14, 2014

Former PTA treasurer arrested, charged with embezzlement in Hampton

A woman has been arrested and charged with embezzlement in Hampton, police tell NewsChannel 3.
The woman, 48-year-old Tammie Brown Boyd of Hampton, was the PTA treasurer of Paul Burbank Elementary School.

Boyd was arrested on February 7, 2014. She is charged with one count of embezzlement (felony).
Police say between June 13 and August 13 of 2013, Boyd allegedly embezzled more than $3,000 from the PTA. Hampton police were contacted by the PTA after some discrepancies were seen in their account, police say. PTA members had been contacted by various vendors advising that their checks were bouncing.

After retrieving bank documents, police say it was determined that there were 26 unauthorized transactions in excess of $3,000.

Boyd was subsequently arrested without incident; she turned herself in to police.
The investigation continues and additional charges may be forthcoming, according to Cpl. Mary Shackelford of the Hampton Police Department.

Tammie Brown Boyd volunteered at Paul Burbank Elementary School, helping the children there.
Police believe the now former Parent Teacher Association treasurer also helped herself to thousands of dollars from the PTA's bank account.

"Anytime you have something that happens of this nature, it is, of course, a disappointment," said PTA President Rebecca Henderson. "We're making sure that we handle it to the best way that we can, just to make sure that we continue to be support our kids, to support our PTA, and to support our school."

The PTA contacted Hampton Police Division after the group's checks started bouncing. A review of bank documents showed 26 unauthorized transactions totaling more than $3,000.
Detectives believe 48-year-old Boyd stole the money between June and August of 2013. She turned herself in February 7. Police charged Boyd with 1 count of Felony Embezzlement.

"When you get in there, and you start building rapports, and you have camaraderie, just, actually, the Burbank Pride, you just hate to hear something like that," Russell Jensen told 13News Now.
Jensen and his wife have a daughter who attends the school. They also volunteer at Burbank.
"Highly disappointed, because it is a team over there, and we are a community that tries to raise the kids as a group," explained Jensen. "You know, there was probably a need for the money somehow, but you just can't take from children."

Police said they are continuing to investigate the situation and that more charges against Boyd could be coming.

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