VANDALIA – Vandalia police have charged a Butler Township woman with theft and forgery after a series of thefts from the Demmitt Elementary PTO bank accounts.
Leslie Drinnon, 37, faces one count of theft and one count of forgery, both fifth degree felonies, in a case that has been investigated since April.
In a statement, Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin said the district is cooperating with the investigation. He said that PTO board members were pro-active and notified school administrators as soon as questions arose about the balance in the account in April.
Neavin said that PTO members are not governed by school officials but that the groups are recognized as official organizations.
“While these groups are not under our control, we do all we can to protect our community assets, especially those needed to serve our students. We have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials as this case moves through the judicial system,” Superintendent Brad Neavin said.
According to the Vandalia police incident report, concerns were first raised in mid-April regarding the balance of the bank account which Drinnon controlled as treasurer.
The investigation found that Drinnon wrote 20 checks to herself and signed the name of the PTO president. When confronted, Drinnon gave the PTO president over $7,000 in cash saying she “had kept it safe in her own bank account.”
Drinnon allegedly altered a bank statement to make it appear to have a balance much higher than it actually did. She was also suspected of cash missing from a fundraiser.
When interviewed by detectives, who calculated that approximately $3,000 was still unaccounted for, Drinnon did not dispute the amount and offered to “gladly pay it back.”
The case is currently pending in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court awaiting action by the Grand Jury.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.
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