Crime

Tacoma PTA treasurer accused of embezzling money

Staff writerOctober 22, 2013 

The former treasurer of a Tacoma elementary school’s parent-teacher association has been charged with 11 felonies for allegedly embezzling from PTA accounts.

Tera Marie Thompson, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday in Pierce County Superior Court to one count of first-degree theft and 10 counts of forgery. Thompson was released on her own recognizance pending trial.

Attempts to reach her and the attorney representing her were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege Thompson stole more than $6,000 from the PTA at Downing Elementary School from June 2012 to May 2013.

A past PTA president, Thompson assumed duties of treasurer for the 2012-2013 school year after the woman elected to the position was unable to serve, court records show.

Prosecutors contend Thompson used a variety of means to embezzle funds, including writing checks from the PTA’s accounts to pay her rent, pocketing cash from fundraising events instead of depositing it, and making unauthorized withdrawals from a money market account.

Thompson is also accused of forging the signature of the current PTA president on checks requiring two signatures, court records show.

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