Embezzlement Investigations Leads To State Oversight Of PTA In Olive Branch

Posted on: 10:24 pm, September 16, 2013, by , updated on: 01:41pm, September 17, 2013

Two former Mid-South PTA board members are being investigated for allegedly embezzling more than $20,000 from their PTA.

The money was taken from the fund that goes to kids at the school.

Monday night, the new PTA board at the Olive Branch Intermediate school was sworn-in and the State PTA was there to oversee the process.

Sutton called the investigation the elephant in the room.

“We believe that fraud is illegal and we want to prosecute and make sure the PTA is not jeopardized,” she said at the start of the meeting. “I’m here to make sure they gain a better footing than they had last year.”

Last year, investigators say Kimberly Maxwell and Tameral Johnson embezzled nearly $22,000 from PTA funds at the school between August 2012 and February 2013.

“It was heartbreaking. It was very heartbreaking,” Natasha Christopher said.

Christopher was the president at the time.

“They were our friends we trusted them so that’s heartbreaking when you put your just in anyone and they betray you,” she said.

As the wheels of justice move toward a possible grand jury indictment, she’s hopeful the PTA is now back on track.

Monday night, the PTA decided to start implementing background checks for future board members.

“I think background checks are a fabulous idea. Wish we would have done it before. We would be in the position we are in now,” she said.

The Maxwell and Johnson will face a grand jury in October.