PTA co-president accused of stealing money from PTA bank account - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

PTA co-president accused of stealing money from PTA bank account

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A co-president of the Parent Teacher Association for Mt. Pisgah Middle School is accused of stealing from the PTA and using the money for her own benefit.

Kim Mason was arrested March 4 and indicted on theft charges after admitting she stole more than $2,000 from the school's PTA bank account.

"I think that's really wrong," said student Samira Pagou.  "It's our parent's money, not hers, and she can't just go around spending it on herself."

A state audit requested by the Shelby County District Attorney revealed Mason withdrew $1,110 in cash from July to September of 2010 and spent all but $30 of it on personal items.

"She simply made three cash withdrawals from the PTA's bank account that were unauthorized," said a representative of the PTA.

The PTA's policy is that each check must have two authorized signatures.

"The organization had a policy regarding personal signatures, but it failed to inform the bank," said the representative.

The bank was cashing the check with only Mason's signature.  The comptrollers office recommended the organization notify the bank to prevent further misuse of PTA funds.

Mason posted bond and was released from custody one day after she was booked at the Criminal Justice Center.  She has an arraignment scheduled for April 11.

Mason has agreed to pay back the money.  She is no longer co-president of the Mt. Pisgah Middle School PTA.

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