Case of missing PTO funds turned over to DA’s office
by Ron Harris
Sep 19, 2013 | 4805 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An investigation into the theft of money from the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at T.R. Simmons Elementary School in Jasper has concluded, and the results of the investigation have been turned over to the Walker County District Attorney’s Office.

A press release issued Wednesday by attorney Eddie Jackson, who represents Jasper City schools, indicated the investigation revealed enough evidence for the case to go forward.

“The T.R. Simmons PTO has concluded its investigation into the misappropriation of funds that was reported earlier in the Eagle. The PTO believes that it has sufficient evidence to turn this matter over to the District Attorney’s Office,” the press release said. “To that end, the District Attorney’s Office was contacted Monday, Sept, 16, 2013, and advised that it would be receiving documents in connection with this investigation. There is no one currently affiliated with the T.R. Simmons PTO that is suspected of any wrongdoing.

“The T.R. Simmons PTO is aware of the many rumors circulating about the issues surrounding its investigation. One of particular concern is the allegation that the T.R. Simmons PTO engaged in some form of coverup. That is unfortunate and untrue,” the release continued. “The seriousness of this issue required the PTO Board to be thoughtful and deliberate in its investigation, not because of who was involved, but because of the nature of the allegation. The PTO’s actions have been driven by its obligation to its members and its stakeholders and by being responsible enough to not let rumors or speculation or the status of anyone, drive its investigation and conclusions.”

No arrests have been made in the case, and officials have not released the amount of money allegedly taken.