Husband involved in PTA theft sentenced

A former Grand Haven man charged with embezzling money from an elementary school’s Parent Teacher Association earned a year of probation when he was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
Becky Vargo
Jun 24, 2014

Adam Youngs, who now lives in Fruitport, will be on probation until the rest of the $20,000 restitution is paid, Judge Ed Post said.

Youngs, 32, and his wife — Melissa Moore, 30, the former Ferry Elementary School PTA treasurer — were given eight months to make things right when they originally appeared for sentencing on Nov. 4, 2013. The couple paid $8,700 in restitution on that day and agreed to make $500 monthly payments until the total agreed-upon amount was paid.

“If I haven’t paid enough and I still owe, I want to make arrangement to get it paid as soon as possible,” Youngs said Monday. “We have it worked out to have it paid, as soon as we know the amount.”

Post said it appears that about $2,500 is still owed.

Discrepancies in the PTA funds were discovered in late May 2013. Ferry PTA President Melissa Poll said for a previous story that the accounts were tampered with since August 2012 when Moore became the organization’s treasurer.

In her victim’s statement, Poll said that the couple took a check she signed that was intended for a student scholarship and addressed it to themselves.

The couple faced up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

 

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