PTO leader charged after money missing

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:31 AM
Last updated Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:12 PM
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An Aiken County elementary school PTO president was charged Tuesday after more than $20,000 was discovered missing from its fund.

Dawn Gresham  Special
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Dawn Gresham

According to Burnettown Police Chief David Smith, Dawn Gresham, who served as PTO president of Jefferson Elementary in Warrenville, was charged with breach of trust over $20,000.

The 38-year-old Warrenville resident is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center.

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Chillen
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Chillen 04/20/11 - 08:48 am
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When will these PTSO's learn?

When will these PTSO's learn? You MUST have a 2 signature system requirement for withdrawing funds and writing checks.

What kind of person steals from children? How humiliating for her children. They will be teased for years to come about this.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/20/11 - 08:55 am
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Chillen, it's not only the

Chillen, it's not only the PTSO's it's the athletic and band booster clubs also. It happens ALL the time. I have never been able to fathom how such supposedly upstanding people, elected to positions of trust steal the kids' money. It is astounding.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 04/20/11 - 09:09 am
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twenty thousand

twenty thousand dollars....what a despicable person.

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 04/20/11 - 09:15 am
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She has ruined the rest of

She has ruined the rest of her life for a measley few thousand dollars that she will have to make restitution for. My advice: Go get a good defense attorney, offer to pay back the $20,000 immediately and throw your self at the mercy of the court. In the words of a wise old man, "And you thought you would get away with it, didn't you.

OhWell
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OhWell 04/20/11 - 09:37 am
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I agree with Chillen you

I agree with Chillen you should have 2 signatures for the checks but why does the President have access to the funds? I would have thought there would be a treasure of the organization that would monitor fiscal task, it is very disturbing no matter what that when we donate to these organizations we never know where our money ends up.

blackindependent
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blackindependent 04/20/11 - 10:00 am
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I agree completely with

I agree completely with OhWell. Anyone familiar with sound business practices knows that the person who writes the checks should not be the same as the person who handles the money.
I mean, even people who DON'T know anything about business should know that.
Duh!

kmb413
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kmb413 04/20/11 - 10:00 am
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No excuses for this at all.

No excuses for this at all. Probably started when the light bill was due. Just borrow the money. Next cable, food, clothing and rent. It all adds up quick. Good intentions to put it back, never made that a reality.

Sympathies to her children over a few thousand.

Hope it wasn't drug money for her.

poolmom
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poolmom 04/20/11 - 11:02 am
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They most likely do have 2

They most likely do have 2 signers required but how can the bank actually check every single check written? And it is not up to the bank to verify this information anyway. She could have had automatic withdrawals set up too. You never know. Hope fully she will learn her lesson from this and not do it again.

fourofusnsc
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fourofusnsc 04/20/11 - 11:29 am
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It's just a sign of the times

It's just a sign of the times - this economy has everyone scrambling to make ends meet. It's never okay to steal, but it is obvious this woman was simply trying to survive. The school should have never let any ONE person manage those funds. Even though it is difficult to get volunteers for PTSO's, at a minimum someone on the staff level should have been recieving and reconciling the bank statements and verifying the deposits, etc. My prayers are with this family as they get through this difficult situation.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/20/11 - 01:57 pm
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I guess she felt like she was

I guess she felt like she was "entitled" to it.

Gimme a Break
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Gimme a Break 04/20/11 - 04:38 pm
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By “trying to survive” I

By “trying to survive” I guess you mean using it for pleasure??? What gets me are the lies being spread. Don’t you think the bank has statements of when and where the card was used and for how much? Banks don’t give the same card number even to spouses, so it can be linked to her. The school is guilty of trusting, but the kids are the victims. What about all the money taken up to improve school programs and to donate to cancer patients and it is gone? Completely unforgivable in my book.

rubyjean
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rubyjean 04/21/11 - 09:05 am
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Trying to survive? Please

Trying to survive?
Please explain how you know this.Times are hard for everyone but stealing from children is just so much more disgraceful.

Gimme a Break
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Gimme a Break 04/21/11 - 11:31 pm
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Times are hard, therefore,

Times are hard, therefore, she needed to use her money wisely or get a paying job. Being a PTO President is a non-paying, volunteer job. She knew this before she started. Her stealing over $20,000 from the school's PTO is a fact. They have proof and it will all be proven at trial. The PTO raised money through donations and fundraisers. The students also raised money for cancer patients, but I guess she felt she needed clothes, trips, etc. more than the ones the funds were raised for. Check out today's front page of the Aiken Standard. It actually lists what the debit card was used for. She did NOT use this money to feed her children, unless you count the many, many restaurant trips. How anyone can trust her anymore is beyond me.

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