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Former Stedman PTA treasurer surrenders on embezzlement charges

Posted January 20, 2015

Emily Morgan Robinson

— A former PTA treasurer suspected of stealing more than $10,000 from the organization surrendered Tuesday afternoon to Cumberland County investigators, authorities said.

Emily Morgan Robinson, 28, of 2630 Wade-Stedman Road in Stedman, is charged with embezzlement. She was released on an unsecured $2,500 bond.

Robinson served as treasurer for Stedman Elementary School's PTA from August through November. An investigation of PTA funds began on Nov. 20, after discrepancies were discovered in a bank account belonging to school PTA, authorities said.

Detectives searched records involving monies collected through various fundraisers and found that $10,034.96 was unaccounted for. Authorities said Robinson wrote several checks for her personal use from the account and failed to post and deposit cash received from fundraisers.


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  • Dollars-and-Sense Jan 20, 2015

    How do these stories hit the media? A few years ago, the treasurer at a Raleigh magnet school PTA was arrested and convicted of embezzling over $15,000. The story NEVER was reported by WRAL or the N&O.

  • Dollars-and-Sense Jan 20, 2015

    If she began as Treasurer in August, and the embezzlement was detected in November, then that is a pretty quick catch. Most embezzlers go months or years before being caught. Whoever detected the discrepancy deserves a pat on the back.

  • baldy64 Jan 20, 2015

    This seems to happen way too often these days. You would think they would start having more than one person verify money that comes in and goes out to avoid this type of problem.

  • Thomas Fenske Jan 20, 2015
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    They actually caught on pretty fast. That's a hefty $$ for four months though. Usually a culprit like this starts fully expecting to pay it back. Some day. But that day never comes and whatever they thought they needed the money for gets replaced by newer and bigger things. It is never good. All they probably need to do on someone elected as an officer is run a credit check.

  • Justin Case Jan 20, 2015
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    Hmmmm, I guess you can't trust someone under the ager of 30 nowadays? You've got to think small organizations would somehow vet their money handlers, or at least know if their parents raised them right. `Hope they catch her.

  • Sharon Davis Jan 20, 2015
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    she donated to the 'save the coyote' fund.

  • shawn36003 Jan 20, 2015

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    they called it as they saw it

  • ncsuweatherboy Jan 20, 2015

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    1) This is PTA money, not tax money - money parents give an association to help the school.

    2) We all know embezzlement never happens at private schools: http://www.wral.com/owner-charged-with-embezzling-from-private-wake-forest-school/14078738/
    Because embezzlement never happens at private schools

  • jimcricket15 Jan 20, 2015

    Wow she scoffed off with 10 grand in 4 months. It is a shame that people hand over money like that. They should instead provide vouchers for kids to go to private school.

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 20, 2015

    August through November? Dang, she must of wrote one check for 10K and headed for the border!