Embezzlement uncovered by AP audit leads to guilty plea

Once an accounts payable audit uncovers evidence of embezzlement, it can be difficult to contest the findings. An ex-treasurer for an academic organization in Cumming, Georgia, pleaded guilty to the charges against her for stealing approximately $33,000 during a two-year period.

According to The Associated Press, Jamie Garfield served as the treasurer for a parent teacher organization (PTO) in the north Georgia city for several years. After several financial irregularities were discovered in its records, an AP audit was conducted to determine where the missing money had gone. Investigators found that nearly $33,000 had been taken from the organization's accounts, and further research revealed that Garfield has embezzled the funds.

Garfield wrote checks to herself from the PTO's bank account, reports the Gainesville Times. While she did not have the authorization to issue checks, her supervisor had been giving her blank checks with his signature on them, as he believed she was making school-related purchases with the money. After her illegal activity was revealed, Garfield pleaded guilty to the charges against her. The news source writes that she will spend 15 years on probation and be forced to pay back the full amount in restitution.

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