VOL. 133 | NO. 117 | Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Balmoral School's PTO Pres Indicted For Theft
By Bill Dries
The former president of the Balmoral Ridgeway Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization has been indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury for theft of more than $1,000.
Tameka Harrison resigned her post with the PTO in May on the last day of school. The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office was already investigating the PTO’s finances after Shelby County School officials notified the comptroller’s office about deficiencies in the account.
In a January interview with state investigators, Harrison admitted, according to the comptroller’s office, taking money from the organization. The PTO records indicated she had paid back $203.22 but had taken an additional $2,283.72.
Harrison withdrew as much as $450 from an ATM at one time and rang up purchases for herself at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Amazon.com as well as purchasing a one-year membership at the Memphis Zoo with a debit card that she alone had custody of.
Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson said Monday the PTO should take some additional safeguards in the future.
“This organization should take some basic steps such as maintaining bank deposit slips, reconciling the PTO’s bank account and not letting one person collect and deposit all funds,” he said in a written statement.