GH woman arrested for embezzlement of PTA funds

A Grand Haven woman has been arrested on charges of embezzling money from a local elementary school PTA bank account.
Mark Brooky
Jul 9, 2013


Melissa Ann Moore, 30, is charged with embezzlement of between $1,000 and $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said Moore was the treasurer for the Ferry Elementary School PTA. She was arraigned in 59th District Court in Grand Haven this week and released on a $5,000 bond.

If convicted of the felony charge, Moore could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine, or three times the amount that was embezzled, whichever is greater.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a second suspect in the case, Hawke said Tuesday. That suspect's name is being withheld pending their arraignment on charges identical to Moore's.

Ferry Principal Steve Avram told the Tribune for a June 5 story on the case that he was notified a week earlier about discrepancies in the PTA's checking and savings accounts. He declined to name anyone targeted in the investigation.

“Representatives from the Ferry School PTA reported potential irregularities with their bank account," Hawke said in the earlier story. "It appears at this time that funds are unaccounted for or missing."

To read the previous Tribune story on the case, CLICK HERE.



God Bless Ferry School. As a mother of elementary school children, I know how every dollar that the PTA earns is needed to purchase things that the minimul budget will not cover. And as a former PTA Treasure of an elementary school, I hope that they hold both of these individuals over the fire. How dare they take advantage of not only the trust of the teachers and parents, but they stole from the children and the community. May our justice system kick in now, if it ever has.


The maximum penalty is called for in this excuse for what THEY did. I hope the system doesn't accept some lame excuse from these people and let them off lightly. It is robbery and theft from children. You can't get much lower than that!!


LMAO welcome to 30 days in jail and probation, they will never repay what they owe and the charge will be dismissed when they show they have been rehabilitated.


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