Former PTO Treasurer Gets A Month In Jail For Theft
WILKES-BARRE — The former treasurer of the Schuyler Avenue Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization was sentenced Monday to serve a month in the county jail for stealing more than $14,000 from the group.
Pamela Sue Brady, 36, of 563 Northampton St., was accused of draining $14,050 from the PTO’s Community Bank account over a six-month period. Brady pleaded guilty in October to a felony count of theft in exchange for prosecutors dropping counts of forgery against her.
On Monday, Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough sentenced Brady to one to two months in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility followed by five years of probation. The judge ordered Brady immediately paroled after serving 30 days behind bars.
Prosecutors say Brady, who also owns The Owl’s Nest Photography by Pamela Brady, became treasurer of the PTO in June 2016 and held the position until after the thefts were reported.
Brady had access to the account’s debit card as well as checks, and used them to make numerous unauthorized transactions, prosecutors said.
According to police, Brady admitted stealing from the PTO and to preparing false treasurer reports so that other PTO officials would not know the actual account balance.
Brady had been free on $5,000 unsecured bail since her arrest in June. Vough ordered her to report to the jail at 9 a.m. Jan. 2 to begin serving her sentence.
As part of her sentence, Brady will be required to pay $14,050 in restitution and she is banned from having contact with any Wyoming Valley West School District parent-teacher organization.