PTO Officer Accused Of Stealing Funds

A woman faces charges that she stole thousands of dollars from an account, designed to help students.

A grand jury indicted Jennifer Mendez for theft by unlawful taking.

She was the Parent-Teacher Organization treasurer, and a part time assistant, for Hustonville Elementary School in Lincoln County.

Investigators say she stole thousands of dollars from the PTO account. Students had sold candles to raise that money.

The school's principal says Mendez used the money to go on a shopping spree.

Mendez tells 27 NEWSFIRST she only spent money on things for the school. She also says she was not the only person with access to the money.

She no longer works at the school.


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  • by Kendal Location: Lexington on Oct 31, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    Outrageous! Stealing from children, unfortunate!! The world is in a very bad place right now, the economy sucks then people resort to stealing from elementary children!! She is a total disgrace to her community! I think she should have to repay EVERY penny AND what she stole should be DOUBLED and that be her repayment! She owes it to the children. She should also have to serve some time and once that is completed SHE should have to go sale candles for the students...let her see how much "fun" that is! UNBELIEVABLE!!!
  • by big daddy Location: frankfort on Oct 31, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    what is happening to people is the economy. people need extra money and will do anything to get it. it is very simple it is called survival.
  • by Tracie Location: London on Oct 30, 2008 at 03:38 PM
    What is happening to people. It is sad that people steal period, but to steal awy from children. this goes along with the McDonald episode in Manchester. People who steal from kids needs to go two or three days in pure agony. Kids are a gift from God. they should not be taken advantage of. This really makes me mad. People grow up take responsibity for yourself.

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