From the Mercury News
A 30-year-old Sunnyvale woman was arrested last week on charges of embezzling PTO funds from Ellis Elementary after PTO board members discovered she was using the group's funds for personal use.Deanna Lynch was arrested Jan. 4 after police were contacted by the PTO group, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Capt. David Verbrugge said.
According to a letter sent to parents on Jan. 6, the board members notified the bank holding the PTO account and reviewed recent transactions. The school then notified Sunnyvale Police to launch an investigation to address the misuse of funds.
According to the Sunnyvale DPS, Lynch was in control of the account since September 2011.
An audit of the account revealed irregularities in account activities, according to the letter.
The embezzled amount was upward of $16,000, police said.
"The PTO board is cooperating with the authorities to ensure that a proper investigation is conducted of this matter," stated the letter, signed by PTO president Lesley Taylor, vice president Julie Wester and Ellis Elementary principal Pepper Butler.
The letter also stated that "new protocols are being developed for adoption by the PTO members and will be put into place in the very near future."
"The PTO board wants every member of the Ellis community to know that we are deeply disturbed by these events and will work actively to rebuild the trust of the community that has been breached by this
incident and to rebuild the resources of the PTO," the letter stated. "The board remains committed to supporting all students, staff, and families of Ellis School."
It was unclear Wednesday whether Lynch was still in custody. The case is being filed with the district attorney's office.