Missing PTO Money Investigated In Anderson Co. - WSPA.com

Missing PTO Money Investigated In Anderson Co.

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WEST PELZER, S.C. -

The West Pelzer Police Department is investigating West Pelzer Elementary's Parent Teacher Organization.

Police say the group's treasurer stole $3,300 from the fund in 2011.

They also say the money was later paid back but its prompted an audit of the group's finances. Investigators are combing through the past two years of finances to determine if any more money was taken.

"You can't give back what you take away," says Regina Shaw, her children attended West Pelzer Elementary.

Shaw gave money to the PTO and now she says this makes her question donations. 

"You're taking from children who are going to school everyday and learning," Shaw says.

Others who live in the area say even though the money was returned, it's still a crime. 

"Right now, until the economy gets better, you're not going to be able to trust the people you stand beside," says Shawn Huckabaa.

Now parents are looking for more confidence and reassurance that something like this won't happen again.

"It makes parents not want to give to the PTO anymore," Shaw says.

Anderson District 1 met Thursday to discuss ideas for future oversight of the PTO. They also offered several suggestions to the group to prevent this from happening again.

Police say charges will be filed in this case but that won't come until after their audit is complete.

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