PTO officer charged with theft

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By Becky Barnes

A Northside Elementary School PTO treasurer was charged Tuesday on a multi-count indictment for theft of funds from the organization.

According to Michael Laws, assistant commonwealth attorney, Stacey Harney, 41, is charged with theft by unlawful taking $500 or more and nine counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The grand jury alleges that between May 2008, and February 2010, Harney unlawfully took in excess of $500 from the Parent Teacher Organization. She is also accused of passing nine forged checks to Ken’s NewMarket and drawn on the PTO account. Those checks amounted to $2,318.31.

Assistant Superintendent of Harrison County Schools DeeGee Fischer said the week after Christmas break a report of irregularities in the fund was brought to the administration’s attention. At which time, she said, the Kentucky State Police was called in and an investigation was launched. School authorities were advised of the indictment following the meeting of the grand jury on Tuesday, she said.

Laws said Harney had served more than one term on the PTO.

Her bond was set at $2,500.

Harney will be arraigned on March 16 along with six additional defendants who were indicted Tuesday.


For the complete story, including other indictments from Tuesday, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.