Two now face trial in PTA thievery

The Ferry Elementary School PTA is gearing up for the nearing school year despite being short on funds due to an alleged embezzlement earlier this year.
Becky Vargo
Aug 17, 2013


Andrea Dress, vice president of the Grand Haven school's PTA, said they are trying get the momentum going again even as they wait for the embezzlement case to make its way through the courts.

Police arrested former Ferry PTA treasurer Melissa Moore, 29, in early July on a charge of embezzlement of between $1,000 and $20,000. Moore's husband, Adam Youngs, 31, was also arrested last month on the same charge.

The couple posted bond after being arraigned in Ottawa County District Court.

Moore is scheduled for a final pre-trial conference on Monday. At that time, she could decide to enter a plea in the case, or go ahead with her trial that is set to begin Sept. 4.

Youngs is set to have a final pre-trial conference on Sept. 23. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 1.

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

Police were alerted to the possible crime in May when other PTA officers discovered discrepancies in the organization's savings and checking accounts. Police and Dress declined to say how much money was missing.

Dress did say at the time that there were enough funds to pay for end-of-the-school-year activities the PTA was hosting.

Prior to school starting next month, the Ferry Elementary School PTA is hosting a clothing swap for school kids on Aug. 21. Anyone wanting to donate gently used clothes for the event may drop them off at the school office on Monday and Tuesday between noon and 3 p.m.

The Ferry PTA is also hosting a Back to School Night on Aug. 28. An invitation-only dinner for parents of kindergarteners and students new to the school will take place prior to that event, Dress said.

Dress said support from the community has been mixed, but support from the Ferry staff has been great.

“It would be nice to get this over,” she said. “It’s taken a toll on us.”

Dress said PTA officials will pursue getting the stolen money back.

“We’ll have to see what plays out," she said.




Tri-cities realist

Smart move deleting it, glad you could see the wisdom in the advice below.


@Brandy Dagen, I'll bet Thanksgiving dinner will be interesting with your family this year after trashing your brother's wife. I suppose it could be more beneficial to your brother if you could support him by not publicly airing out your family issues for the entire community to see.

Even more concerning is blaming her parents for her alleged "adult" actions when she likely acted on her own and should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. This also goes for your brother, who while presumed innocent, may have had more of a role in this than you may want to believe because you think that one's "adult" actions are still the responsibility of parental upbringing.

I do commend you for sticking by your brother but remember that he has a wife, who has borne his children and he also has in-laws who are likely as concerned and supportive of their daughter as you are for your brother. What ever became of family loyalty and the teamwork needed to make or keep the family strong?

We all have problems in our respective families but in the end.....they are still family and some things like much of the condescending information you shared with the ENTIRE Grand Haven Tribune readership should have been held sacred in confidentiality. The courts will air out enough embarrassing information and take a toll on everyone in the family.

Try a different approach and do what your "adult" brother would want you to do in support because I'm sure you love him and would never want to do anything to harm him or your nieces/nephews. I wish you and your family well.


I definitely agree with polarize. Don't air stuff in these mediums either way in that manner. Leave parents/family out of it. These people reading this don't give a turkey anyway. Plastering you name voluntarily is a mistake. Some employer will remember it and not give you the job when you need one is another of many reasons. Also Judges and prosecutors process paper work like factory workers process widgets. They get sick of it. It becomes assembly line work. But the difference is they go home to nice warm dinners in their houses on the lake with trophy wives and exquisite pensions. They read the crap written also. And yes they are human - an it affects their decisions with the opposite outcome your looking for. So do jurors. You can help your brother by giving money and bringing in a good attorney to fight his case. And I am with respect saying - Keep the trap shut and vent by writing in these or any forums.


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