About $30,000 has vanished from the bank account of an advocacy group for Maryland's largest school district, and police are investigating.
Members of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) were told Tuesday that the funds had gone missing from the group's account. The PTA council lobbies and runs events for students and teachers across the county.
Newly elected MCCPTA president Lynne Harris said she was stunned by the results of a recent internal audit, which showed only $10,000 remained in the group's account.
"Who steals money from the PTA? The PTA hardly ever has any money," she said.
The group's board of directors first noticed financial inconsistencies in March. An audit showed "the apparent theft of a substantial sum, most likely by someone inside MCCPTA," the letter to members said.
Police said the possible fraud or embezzlement was reported April 10. The investigation is ongoing.