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Former Cumberland PTO president faces embezzlement charge

Posted December 22, 2015

Amber Nicole Tripp

— Cumberland County authorities said Tuesday that they have charged a former Parent Teacher Organization president with stealing from the group.

Amber Nicole Tripp, of 1609 Crescent Drive in Spring Lake, was arrested Friday on an embezzlement charge and was released on a $3,000 unsecured bond.

Investigators said Tripp embezzled $2,695 from the Manchester Elementary School PTO in March by taking cash from the Scholastics book fair and not depositing the cash into the PTO bank account.


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  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 23, 2015
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    Solution...always have 2 people on duty. They count the money together. They make the deposits together. Here's why it will work. Make sure the 2 workers DO NOT like each other.

  • Jaimie McBride Dec 23, 2015
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    Why would you steal from your own kids? That's terrible!

  • LetsBeFair Dec 23, 2015

    I bet the first words when she was bailed out was, "do I still get to keep the stuff"?

  • Michael Strickland Dec 22, 2015
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    It is a shame that she won't spend Christmas in jail.

  • Roger Way Dec 22, 2015
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    Too many clubs have few, if any, checks and balances against this sort of thing. Every deposit, every cash count, every check should require a minimum of two club officers. Reports and statements should be reviewed by at least two club officers every month. Apathy and inattention to detail leads to these situations. Remove the temptation, resolve the problem.

  • LetsBeFair Dec 22, 2015

    If I had a dollar for every one of these. There has to be a psychological test that can be administered where its result would tell you if the potential exists for someone to embezzle a community fund.