PTA thief avoids jail sentence

Melissa Ann Moore said nothing before being sentenced on an embezzlement charge Monday morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
Becky Vargo
Jul 1, 2014


The 30-year-old woman’s probation was extended for one year. That order comes eight months after her original sentencing date for embezzling more than $20,000 from the Ferry Elementary School Parent Teachers Association.

Moore was the treasurer for the organization prior to an investigation into missing funds.

Moore’s husband, Adam Youngs, received the same penalty when he was sentenced a week earlier.

The couple was given delayed sentence status as an opportunity to pay back the missing funds. They paid $8,700 on Nov. 4, 2013, and agreed to make $500-per-month payments until the agreed-upon amount was fully paid.

As of Monday, $2,400 in restitution and a small amount of fines and costs had yet to be paid, Ottawa County Circuit Judge Ed Post said.

Youngs said previously that he was waiting to find out the final figure and that he had arrangements to make the payment.

“It’s imperative that you pay this money back and not at your convenience,” the judge said.

Former Ferry PTA President Melissa Poll said it was a “pleasant surprise” to get the money back. Although the organization has been able to maintain normal activities, many bills were left unpaid, she said.

“We just sort of pressed on,” Poll said. “We owed some local and some national companies. We did pay them before we did anything grand.”

Poll said the organization also instituted a financial officer position as the result of the embezzlement.

“That person approves the financial statement and the checking account each month,” she explained.

Discrepancies in the PTA funds were discovered in late May 2013. Poll said they discovered the accounts had been tampered with since August 2012.

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

Now the Ferry PTA’s vice president, Poll said she would have preferred to see Moore ordered to perform some community service as part of her sentence.

“I hope we can all keep our noses out of trouble and move forward,” Poll added.



Smart sentencing, make them work and pay it back rather than putting them up for a few years and never get the money back.


Some sort of jail time, such as 30 days, or weekends, should have been included in addition to restitution. Probation is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. They knew what they were doing was wrong.


Once again "white collar" crime goes largely unpunished


Had she been a factory worker or retail over the counter worker she would have went straight to prison and do not pass go.


Do convicts have to pay back what we spend housing, feeding, clothing and providing medical care?
That should next on the agenda of changes. I agree we were partially cheated from our pound of flesh but better to get the money than spend more money on them, it may have been part of a plea deal.

Barry Soetoro

Where is Jimmy Jazz when you need him?

deuce liti

He is busy jazz-tapping his way into the world's heart.


If I got my hands on this lady I would Jazz the heck out of her.


I just don't like her face. In every court apperance she always has this look of disgust on her face, as if she is the one being put out by the entire ordeal. Never mutters an "I'm sorry". I hope she wears the lifelong public shame well.


It is a fact i think. White collar crime has a high upside (for the perp) and a very low risk side. No gun, no foul.


What a couple of losers. I would like to see them serve some time after the debt is paid. I think someone should investigate their fitness as parents. Just disgusting people.


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