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Warrants sworn for PTO treasurer
Allegedly took $8,000 from group
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Forsyth County News


A Forsyth County woman has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a local school’s parent-teacher group.

Jamie Garfield, 36, of Northridge Drive, has been charged with theft by taking, according to a report from the Cumming Police Department.

The agency obtained warrants for Garfield’s arrest Thursday afternoon.

She served as treasurer for the Cumming Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, or PTO, for several years, the report shows. The organization’s board members reported the thefts to authorities after discovering one of their accounts was overdrawn.

Cumming Police Sgt. Bryan Zimbardi said Garfield is accused of stealing about $8,000. Authorities also are investigating a larger amount of money that has been reported missing.

He said Garfield initially did cooperate with investigators, but failed to show up recently for an interview and stopped accepting or returning their calls.

“Once she became uncooperative with investigators is when we decided to take the warrants out,” Zimbardi said.

Jennifer Caracciolo, Forsyth County Schools spokeswoman, said PTOs are managed and coordinated by parents. Unlike parent-teacher associations, or PTAs, they have no larger oversight.

Caracciolo said the school system does not sponsor PTOs and they are not financially supported by schools.