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Teacher Accused Of Stealing From PTA Fund Raiser

Posted October 19, 2004

— A Chapel Hill teacher has been charged in connection with a theft from a PTA fund-raiser.

According to police, Wendolyn Frierson took more than $2,000 in gift certificates from the front office of Frank Porter Graham Elementary, where she works.

The gift certificates are sold to the PTA by area stores at a discount. Parents then buy them at face value and the PTA keeps the profit.

Lowe's Foods manager Craig Turney said that on Oct. 8 Frierson tried to buy nearly $200 worth of groceries at his Durham store using a gift card to pay for it.

"It came up on the register, gift card had been stolen," Turney said. "At the time, I asked for the gift card to try and retain it. I did."

Turney said Frierson tried to explain.

"She said somebody had given it to her," Turney said.

He said Frierson then told him she was going to her car to get money to pay for the groceries.

She drove off, but not before Turney got a good look.

"After following her outside, I wrote her license plate down, contacted Durham police, they came out and did an investigation," Turney said.

Frierson would not comment on the case. Her husband, Henry Frierson, did speak to WRAL.

"Things will take care of themselves," Henry Frierson said. "Truth will come out."

Frierson, a 30-year veteran teacher, has been charged with felony larceny and is on paid leave from the school system. Frierson's next appearance in court is Dec. 9.

She is the second Frank Porter Graham elementary teacher to face criminal charges since the start of the school year.

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