Police: Woman Steals $11K From Parent Teacher Organization

Smyrna Police say that they have recently wrapped up a several months long investigation which ended in the arrest of the treasurer for the Smyrna Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.). Authorities said that they were notified in March of 2016 of suspected internal thefts.  An investigation was launched which culminated in the arrest of Kellie Sullivan-Mcgovern, 39 of Smyrna on August 2nd, police said.

Investigators determined that over the course of nearly 2 years, Ms. Sullivan-Mcgovern used a debit card issued to her in her official capacity as treasurer for the organization for unlawful and unauthorized personal purchases, officials said.  Police said the purchases were made at a variety of locations and for many different items/services such as gas stations, liquor stores, baseball tickets, jewelry, clothing and ATM withdrawals.  Ms. Sullivan-Mcgovern was arraigned in person at the Justice of the Peace Court #7 on 2 counts of felony theft $1500 or greater,  136 counts of unlawful use of a payment card and 1 count of falsifying business records.

Police said that the total loss to the Smyrna P.T.O. is estimated to be approximately $11,000.  Ms. Sullivan-Mcgovern was released on $7,850 unsecured bond after her arraignment pending a future court hearing.

Image Credits: Smyrna Police

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