PTO treasurer accused of stealing thousands from Pattonville school


by Jasmine Huda / News 4

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 7:41 AM

(KMOV) – A parent was accused of pocketing thousands of dollars from a local parent-teacher organization for her own good.

Toni Taylor, 37, was charged with 14 counts of felony forgery. 

Pattonville School District officials said Taylor was the treasurer of the Drummond Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization in St. Ann.

According to St. Ann Police, Taylor’s landlord tipped off officials after he thought it was odd that he was receiving a $4,000 check written from the organization’s bank account.

The president of the PTO received an e-mail from Taylor’s landlord, informing the organization Taylor had given him the check in order to pay rent, back rent and insurance.

"You have all of these parents that work very hard, in what they do to raise this money and when they raise this money, obviously it goes for the kids," said St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez

According to court documents, the signature of the PTO president had been forged on the check.

The president took the claim to authorities who discovered Taylor had allegedly forged 13 other checks, stealing almost $2,490 from the organization. The landlord never cashed the check given by Taylor. 

The checks were reportedly forged between May 14 and September 18, and used the name of the organization’s president or the school principal.

Taylor confessed to authorities to forging the checks, saying she had committed the crime to pay bills, buy food and pay rent.

The PTO said they plan to seek restitution.