Berea woman charged with taking more than $12,000 from school PTO

Herald-Leader Staff ReportSeptember 6, 2013 

A Berea woman is accused of taking more than $12,000 from an elementary school Parent Teacher Organization, Berea Police said Friday.

Ashley Duerson, 30, was arrested Friday and charged with failure to make required disposition of property of $10,000 or more. The charge is a class C felony punishable by up to five to 10 years in prison.

The arrest was the result of an investigation that began in late August, Berea police spokesman Sgt. Jake Reed said in a news release.

Duerson was the elected treasurer of the Silver Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Organization during the 2012-2013 academic year.

During this time Duerson took funds in the amount of $12,150.57 from various fundraising events conducted by the Parent Teacher Organization, the release said.

Five fundraising events were conducted, and Duerson was responsible for depositing all funds from these events and paying any bills as well as distributing the profits as directed by PTO officers.

A new PTO treasurer was elected for the new academic year and discovered the missing funds. The Berea Police Department was notified on Aug. 22 and began the investigation.

An arrest warrant for Duerson was issued on Friday and she turned herself in at the Madison County Detention Center, Reed said.

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