The former treasurer of the Greenville Elementary School Parent Club was in court Wednesday afternoon and admitted to the theft of funds from the club.
Kelly Tabor, age 49 of rural Pocahontas, entered a guilty plea in Bond County Circuit Court to a Class 1 felony charge of theft, alleging the theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 with the intent to deprive the club of its money.
She was placed on probation for 48 months and ordered to pay restitution of $26,084.77. That amount has been paid.
Bond County State’s Attorney Dora Mann filed the charge Wednesday and Tabor made her appearance in court Wednesday afternoon. The theft of money from the club is alleged to have occurred between August of 2015 and June of this year.
The charge was filed following an investigation conducted by Greenville police.
The Parent Club is a private parent organization which raises funds to support the school.
Tabor had been a secretary at the elementary school and served a number of years as treasurer of the Parent Club. She has resigned from her employment with the school district.
Bond County Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson said that at this time, the district has no evidence to indicate any taxpayer funds were misappropriated, and the employee did not have access to the district’s bank accounts.
He reported the employee was responsible for receiving and counting petty cash receipts, and the district’s auditor has been contacted to perform a review of those funds.
According to the superintendent, the GES Parent Club, like all other parent organizations and booster clubs, are separate entities and not part of the school district.
He advised all of the clubs are being notified they need to review their by-laws and internal control procedures for financial controls and oversight. He is also recommending club funds be audited annually.
The full statement issued by Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson follows…