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Ex-Ridgeview parent-teacher president accused of theft

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 12, 2018 at 8:30 PM

The former president of Ridgeview Elementary’s Parent-Teacher Organization was removed and indicted last month after allegations of theft from the organization’s funds.

According to a Tennessee Comptroller’s Office report released Monday morning, Anissa Moats stole at least $9,625 from the organization between January 2015 and January 2017, mostly by writing unauthorized checks from the PTO’s account made payable to “cash.”

The report also alleges Moats used the organization’s funds to buy cigarettes, a swimming pool mat and other items for personal use. She concealed the theft by not turning over bank statements and other financial information to the organization’s treasurer and other officers, the report says.

In August, she reportedly gave a $10,000 check to Washington County Schools as an apparent restitution payment.

In a separate news release, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said a family member of Moats wrote the check and gave it to the new president of the PTO, stating that Moats would not survive jail. The check was collected as evidence.

Graybeal said his office contacted the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office for a full audit.

In December, Comptroller’s investigators said Moats admitted to using the funds for personal benefit.

Moats was indicted in February by a Washington County grand jury on one count of theft over $2,500.

Graybeal noted that the PTO is a separate entity from the Washington County School System. It is a group of teachers and parents who organize fundraising efforts in order to support programs and purchase needed equipment and services not covered in the school budget.

The Comptroller’s Office and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department worked in conjunction on the investigation.

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