FERNDALE - The case against a former treasurer of Ferndale parent-teacher organizations suspected of theft has been dismissed after the woman paid $4,000 in restitution to two schools.
Teresa Souve was treasurer of the PTO at Central Elementary from 2006 to 2010 and of the PTO at Horizon Middle School from 2007 to 2010, according to court documents.
In October 2010, a Horizon PTO bank statement showed an unexplained withdrawal of $1,000, so Horizon staff contacted the Ferndale Police Department and an investigation began.
Souve later admitted to police that she had used $1,000 to pay her own bills, according to court documents. She was charged with unlawful possession of payment instruments.
There was a two-signature rule for checks for Horizon's PTO, and 38 checks written by Souve lacked a second signature. Twenty-two checks had no receipts, one check was written to her husband, and there were eight deposits with no explanation, according to court documents.
Some of those checks were used for PTO purposes, but investigators had trouble reconciling which checks were for the PTO and which were used for personal gain, said Dona Bracke, the prosecutor on the case for the last year and a half.
Souve's case was dismissed Friday, March 28, after she paid $1,500 to Horizon and $2,500 to Central. Bracke said the age of the case, issues with witness memory, and difficulty sorting out the checks contributed to the case's dismissal.
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