Laurel school superintendent: Arrest made in theft of PTO funds

LAUREL – There has been an arrest in the investigation of theft of funds from a Parent-Teacher Organization in the Laurel School District, according to Laurel Superintendent Shawn Larrimore.

“An arrest has been made in connection with the theft of the PTO funds.  The suspect has been placed on unpaid leave,” said Mr. Larrimore in a press release Thursday.

In early January, the Laurel School District was made aware of two incidents involving organizations whose finances are not managed or monitored by the school district.

According to Mr. Larrimore, on Jan. 4, 2016, the Laurel School District discovered the theft of funds from North Laurel Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization.

The District immediately reported this theft to police, Mr. Larrimore said.

The PTO account is managed and controlled by the PTO, and the funds in the PTO account are not district funds, Mr. Larrimore said.

On Jan. 6, 2016, the Laurel Education Association informed its members that it would be securing an independent audit of the LEA bank account due to concerns over financial irregularities.

“The Laurel School District has no role in managing or monitoring the LEA bank account, and the funds in the LEA bank account are not district funds,” said Mr. Larrimore. “The district has reported the alleged theft of the LEA funds, though no arrest has been made at this time.”

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