PTO Mom Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Local Elementary School

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Thomasville, GA- More than $20,000 is missing from funds raised by Jerger Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization, and Thomas County Sheriff's Deputies say it was stolen.

The woman accused of the crime is the PTO's treasurer, Lesley Christmas.

"Mrs. Christmas had been writing checks to herself and her husband, then would turn around and cash these checks. She also made several cash withdrawals," said Captain Steve Jones with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies say another member of the school's PTO came to them after discrepancies came up during a recent bookkeeping session.

According to deputies, Christmas has been cashing in on the funds since June 2012.

We reached out to school officials at Jerger Elementary, as well as the school's Superintendent, but because of Winter break, all offices are closed until Jan. 8, therefore no one was available to comment at this time.

"It's embarrassing to them I'm sure, as it is to any organization, but the school had no role in it," said Jones. "It's strictly a parent volunteer group that works independently of the school. Their bookkeeping is totally separate and has nothing to do with each other; just an unfortunate thing."

Christmas was arrested Jan. 4 and is charged with felony theft by taking. She made her first appearance before a judge on Jan. 5 and has since been released on bond.

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