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Little Egg Harbor Parent Teacher Association board president and treasurer charged with theft of funds September 8, 2009

Posted by tsclaw2209 in News.

Cynthia Lucas, the Little Egg Harbor Parent Teacher Association board president and Charlene Smith, the PTA board treasurer  were arrested Sept. 4 and charged with theft of funds from the PTA.  There are almost no details right now.  However, the arrests followed an investigation conducted by members of the Little Egg Harbor Police Department Detective Bureau and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Financial Crimes Unit after the board reported the alleged theft of the funds in July.  Other board members reportedly became suspicious after several checks were bounced. An exact amount of money allegedly taken is also unknown, but it is over $20,000. 

Its good that it seems like an investigation was actually done here as it took almost two months to arrest anyone.  I’d like to know if any statements were made.  Since Smith is the treasurer, I assume she has all of the books so I also wonder what actual evidence the police have besides bank statements.

Oddly enough, Smith had a $10,000 bail with a 10-percent bail option and Lucas was processed and released on a summons.  If they have the same charges, why the difference in treatment?  If I’m the attorney for Smith, I want to find this out ASAP as Lucas may have made a statement.

Story is here.


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