PTA Treasurer Faces Theft Charges

PTA Treasurer Faces Theft Charges

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(Farmington-AP) -- The treasurer of the Sunset Elementary School P-T-A will go to trial next month for pocketing hundreds of dollars collected from a cereal box top fund-raiser.

Nancy Smith pleaded innocent yesterday in court to theft charges.

Police say they were called after the P-T-A president realized money was missing. An investigation led police to Smith who is accused of taking 714-dollars.

The school's principal says each box top had to be cut by parent volunteers and each one was worth a dime. He says parents and children spent months collecting the money that was supposed to go to buy a "die cut" machine that teachers would use to create classroom materials in the school.

The trial is set for August 18. The 41-year-old faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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