The former treasurer of the Kelly School Parent Teacher Organization is accused of embezzling $48,979 from the organization.
Barbara Jean Tabaldi, 52, of Tracy, was arrested by Tracy Police Department on Dec. 3 and booked into the county jail on a $50,000 arrest warrant, according to a Wednesday news release from the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.
Tabaldi is accused of mismanaging the school’s PTO Club and Teachers PTO accounts from July 19, 2010, through July 1, 2014, as well as withdrawing funds using a debit card that she had issued in her name, according to court documents.
It is also alleged that she used the debit card at Disney Resorts during October 2013 without the knowledge or permission of the two PTO clubs.
Tabaldi verbally resigned as treasurer on July 8, 2014, after holding the position since July 1, 2010.
The criminal charges against her followed an investigation by Tracy Police Detective Alexi Kalinin and a forensic examination of the finances of the school PTO conducted by Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., a Pleasanton accounting firm, according to the release.
The Kelly School principal could not be reached for comment as of press time.
District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar stated that “maintaining strong accounting controls, rotating bookkeeping duties and maintaining insurance are key to controlling embezzlements.”
“The district attorney’s office is doing everything possible to fight these crimes, which we see as a threat to quality of life,” she said in the release. “Embezzlements hollow out businesses and organizations — killing jobs and cutting services which the people of San Joaquin County rely on.”
Tabaldi, who was released from the county jail last week, promised to appear for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 28 in the Manteca Branch of San Joaquin Superior Court.
The prosecutor of the case, Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor, said Wednesday that the district attorney’s office believed that pressing embezzlement charges in situations like this could help solve the problem.
“I hope if we keep prosecuting these cases, there will be enough notice that people will tighten their businesses up,” he said. “This is a problem, and the only way to stop it is for victims to be more resistant.”