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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Ex-PTO head faces stealing charge

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  • The former president of the Pineville Parent Teacher Organization is accused of taking more than $18,000 from that group.
    Jennifer Bishop, 38, is accused of taking $18,273.25 from the group between Jan. 14, 2013, and June 10, 2013. She faces a Class C felony theft charge, and posted a $1,000 cash bond after turning herself in Thursday.
    According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Brandon Barrett, a deputy with the McDonald County Sheriff’s Department, bank records Bishop turned in after resigning from the group had several discrepancies.
    “According to bank records from U.S. Bank, an ATM card issued to Ms. Bishop on the PTO account was used during the transaction of misappropriated funds,” Barrett wrote in the affidavit. “Transactions include, but [are] not limited to, ATM cash withdrawals, transfers to Bishop’s personal account and other purchases from the PTO account that did not have a receipt of the transaction.”
    The case has been assigned to McDonald County Associate Circuit Court Judge John LePage. A court date has not yet been set.
    A Class C felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, if a conviction is reached.
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    The former treasurer of the Seneca PTO will be back in court in late April on a Class B felony stealing charge.
    Tabitha L. Lant is accused of taking more than $25,000 from the group. She will be back in court on April 28 for a pre-trial conference. Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel will preside.
    A Class B felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison if a conviction is reached.

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