By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
BEREA — A Berea woman was arrested Friday after police charged her with stealing more than $12,000 from the Silver Creek Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.
Ashley Duerson, 31, was the organization’s treasurer during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to a news release from the Berea Police Department.
The PTO elected a new treasurer for the current academic year, and that person discovered the missing funds, the BPD reported. The investigation began Aug. 22 after police were notified.
Duerson was in charge of five fundraising events last school year, and she was responsible for depositing all the funds. However, police say she took $12,150 and did not put the money in the PTO’s account.
A warrant was issued for Duerson’s arrest Friday, and she turned herself in at the Madison County Detention Center, according to the BPD.
Duerson spent a little over an hour in jail before she was released on a bond of 10 percent of $10,000.
She is charged with failure to make required disposition of property (more than $10,000). The Class C felony is punishable by five to 10 years in prison.
Madison County Schools spokesperson Erin Stewart said the school board has no oversight of external fundraising organizations such as individual schools’ PTOs.