There are many parents in California who are involved in a great deal of activities. In addition to their own jobs, they also volunteer with their children’s schools and other organizations. For some, these responsibilities can become overwhelming. Unfortunately, one mother who was active in activities related to her children has recently found herself facing embezzlement accusations.
The 37-year-old woman reportedly worked with several different organizations, including the PTA, an area little league and the Girls Scouts. Reports indicate that the woman was serving as the PTA president at the time of her arrest and had previously served as the secretary and treasurer. Authorities have accused her of stealing over $70,000 in a combined total from the organizations.
She now faces charges of felony grand theft. Police say that the charges were brought following an audit, but it is unclear what sparked the audit. The woman’s husband claims that the charges are the result of a misunderstanding and predicts that they will be able to explain what happened.
The outrage over money missing from organizations that help children is understandable. However, this outrage can also cloud judgment and lead to arrests that are not fully supported with evidence. As all people are, the woman accused of embezzlement is considered innocent until — and only if — she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In many criminal cases in California, this standard is difficult to meet. Those who are facing such charges often seek help from an experienced defense attorney to help them understand their options and choose the best course of action.
Source: abc7.com, “WEST COVINA MOM ALLEGEDLY EMBEZZLES MORE THAN $70K FROM MULTIPLE FUNDS“, Jovana Lara, Feb. 23, 2016