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Police investigate missing PTA funds

SNELLVILLE - Snellville police have begun an investigation into the accounting discrepancies connected to two former officers of Shiloh Elementary School's PTA.

Police Department Chief Roy Whitehead said an annual audit confirmed the missing funds.

"They did some audit at the PTA and they got preliminary information and now we're trying to put it all together at this point," Whitehead said.

The women under investigation have not been identified, but served as co-president and treasurer during the 2006-07 school year.

Whitehead said Snellville police became involved when it came to light that the women allegedly cashed PTA checks at the Brand Bank in Snellville.

Police said an estimate of the amount of funds missing could not be provided.

"That's an issue at this point. We're not exactly sure what the amount is," Whitehead said. "Part of the issue is whether they got cash or cashier checks."

Whitehead said investigators interviewed one of the women Tuesday and are waiting to interview the second next week. He said criminal charges have not been filed.

"One is supposed to have documentation, and we'll have to take a look at that," Whitehead said.

According to school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach, one of the women under investigation began working as a media clerk at Shiloh at the beginning of the school year. That woman is also being investigated by the district's human resources department, Roach said.

Gwinnett Council of PTAs co-presidents Holly Melton and Angela Monetta previously told the Post it is premature to speculate on the outcome of the investigation.

"The current Shiloh Elementary PTA officers are working diligently to ensure that this incident will be handled effectively and efficiently," wrote Shiloh's PTA Co-presidents Charlene Jefferson and Veronica Leftridge in a statement. "We plan to uphold the traditional values and goals that will benefit our children, parents and community."