A former PTA treasurer was arrested Monday and charged in the theft of more than $18,000 from two local nonprofits benefitting Cherokee County School District schools, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
Kim Turman, 40, of Canton served as the treasurer of Indian Knoll Elementary School PTA for two years and treasurer of Sequoyah High School Girls Soccer Booster Club for one year, Lt. Jay Baker, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Tuesday.
Turman is accused of stealing $12,448.61 from the elementary school PTA in 2011 and 2012 and $5,882.51 from the high school booster club in 2012, Baker said.
Turman was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with two counts of felony theft by taking. She was released on a $52,000 bond Monday night, Baker said.
Baker said that on March 6, representatives of the PTA reported discrepancies in the organization’s account to the sheriff’s office and an investigation into the case over the last two months led investigators to discover Turman also served as treasurer for the booster club.
“It appears she was simply stealing cash,” Baker said. “(The groups) would have different events where the money they raised or were collecting was given to (Turman) to deposit, but the deposits did not match what was collected.”
Barbara Jacoby, spokeswoman for the Cherokee County School District, said in a Tuesday news release the alleged financial discrepancies within the PTA and booster club do not involve CCSD funds or employees.
However, an audit performed with district helped lead to the findings.
“Whenever PTA or booster club leaders determine a local unit’s financial records need to be audited due to discrepancies, the school district offers assistance,” Jacoby said. “In this instance, the Georgia PTA conducted the audit for the Indian Knoll PTA, and the booster club recruited a retired CPA to conduct its audit.”
Jacoby said district officials appreciate that the local PTA and booster club leadership “can be relied upon to pursue investigations of inappropriate activities regarding community donations.”
PTA organizations operating in district schools, as opposed to independent parent-teacher groups, are provided with guidance and training in matters including financial management through their affiliation with the state and national organization, Jacoby said.
According to a police report, club representatives told a detective Turman moved Sequoyah booster club funds to another bank in February 2012. When asked for access to the account, the members said Turman refused to do so.
A separate police report states Turman had been PTA treasurer at Indian Knoll for two years but resigned in December 2012, citing medical reasons.