Embezzlement allegations surround PTO at elementary school in West Bloomfield

Questions over money discrepancy at Roosevelt Elementary School

By Koco McAboy - Reporter , Derick Hutchinson

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. - Parent-teacher organizations are designed to help raise money for the benefit of students, but the PTO at Roosevelt Elementary School in the West Bloomfield School District is being investigated for stealing money.

The school wouldn't comment on the investigation, but an email was sent to parents that confirmed the PTO is being investigated.

"I was kind of shocked to get the email," said Kaprice Williams, former PTO president. "I really was."

Williams said the email refers to a monetary discrepancy in the PTO.

"We have found some discrepancies while reviewing the incident in conjunction with the school district, as well as the local police department," the email said, in part.

"They wouldn't go into full detail, but it's kind of leaving room for you to kind of speculate that someone may have taken some of the money," Williams said.

It's personal for Williams because she was the vice president of the PTO last year.

"For who I know would be in charge of the money, I find it very hard to believe that that person would take money from the PTO," Williams said.

Her theory is that something might have gotten overlooked.

"It's probably something where something was paid for for the school, for these students, that probably just got left out of the shuffle somewhere," Williams said.

The West Bloomfield School District wouldn't comment on the investigation, saying the PTO is a separate entity.

Parents are hoping for more answers soon.

"I hope that they do get to the bottom of it, and I hope that it's not what everyone thinks it is," Williams said.

Officers at the West Bloomfield Police Department said they have not yet received an official complaint. They said they are still seeking more information about the possible embezzlement.

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