Ferry PTA embezzlers get sentence delay

A former Grand Haven couple charged with taking money from a local school's Parent Teacher Association fund will get eight more months to make things right.
Becky Vargo
Nov 5, 2013


Melissa Moore, 30, and her husband, Adam Youngs, 32, received a delayed sentence Monday when they appeared before Ottawa County Circuit Judge Ed Post.

Their performance over the next few months will have a big impact on their sentence at that time, Post said.

Moore and Youngs face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine when they are sentenced on the embezzlement charges.

At a court hearing on Sept. 24, they each pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $20,000 from the Ferry Elementary School PTA. They did that as part of a plea agreement that would give them more time to pay the money back to the organization.

The agreement called for an immediate payment of $8,700 and $500 payments each month until a total of $20,035.37 was paid back to the PTA.

Ferry PTA President Melissa Poll said Monday that they anticipated the delayed sentence and that they have received “one small payment” since the initial payment.

“It was less than $500,” she said.

PTA Vice President Andrea Dress, who was in the courtroom with Poll, said the returned money “is taking a little burden off our chest.”

“We’re paying off bills that have been put on hold,” Poll said.

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This is how you dress to go to court?


If they'd had the money in the first place would they have stolen the money? Were they a hardship case and stoled due to financial pressures, or just simple greed. Good luck on getting the cash back PTA.


maybe you can go to Ferry and learn some grammar!


Ya know, you don't know when to stop so I'm going to call you hemorrhoid from now on, cuz you're just a little pain in the a**.


you are so perfect in everything that is life that I must call the bully out when you can't put a sentence together. Getting drunk during the day will do that to you though.


I don't drink you hemorrhoid...quit trying to make your issues my issues.

If you've got an problem with my grammar then how about you step up to the plate and explain to me what exactly it is that I did wrong. You're left-handed compliment aside, I'm not an English teacher and make spelling and grammar mistakes frequently. I do try to learn from them though, unlike a mentally challenged droid like you who does the same thing over and over expecting different results......

I don't have a clue where this "perfect in everything" comes from, but you've obviously got some serious social challenges to deal with....you should maybe consider counseling....they could help you get to the root cause(s) of your more than obvious plethora of personal problems. Good luck, I'm sure it'll be money well spent.


YAAUA still. Please find a Life or stop being YAAUA or just stop Comments to GHT articles.


Are you TruthHurts mom?

Really sir or madamn, if it bothers you that much how about you just stop reading them, or is that too easy a solution? I ask because I care and I'm worried about your mental health and stress levels.

And how can I stop being a yaaua when I don't have a clue what that means? How about you type out in long hand what that means, to you?


with the mom comments again? do you have anything else profound to add today?


You have no clue do you SCH? This is an open forum, who are you to tell someone else they shouldn't post here? It appears you may have some personal issues that are affecting your judgment and giving you an overinflated perception of your worth; the seeking of some help might be of benefit to you.

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The page "Yaaua" does not exist.


may be you should direct your comment to your buddy lessthanamused. He has told countless people to quit posting and 'screw off' and every other immature name calling under the sun. And way to go with your liberal suggestion that everyone but you needs help, which seems quite common with you folks....thanks Doc


Maybe I should. Maybe I should direct it to you as well, or I should look in the mirror as I certainly have my moments. It would be nice if we would express our opinions without the petty name calling, references to education, class, etc. It's very difficult at times to discern the mindset of a commenter, no facial expressions, sly grins, tongue in cheek, eye rolls, to work with. Many times the posts are meant in humor and not taken that way, happens to me all the time. My thought is we at least respect the right for someone to have an opinion different than our own, even if we don't agree with it.

As to grammatical errors and spelling – When on my laptop or at my desktop I always copy and paste to a word document and hit spell check, and I wish others did as well. However, I have sent numerous posts from my “intelligent phone” and it isn’t smart enough to check everything for me. I have read, and so has everybody else that sends texts, my text after I have sent it and been appalled at the errors in it.

Oh well, I don’t know how I got involved with this back and forth anyway, just rubs me the wrong way I guess, when an individual says someone else shouldn’t participate.


i hear ya.


I agree with the court on this one, at least they have a small chance in paying it back and avoiding prison. Because no one will win, if they are sent up, including the taxpayers and the PTA. But I would not hold my breath...Good luck.


It's hard to afford court clothes when you're paying back the 20 grand you embezzled. Guess a new wardrobe wasn't on the list of things purchased with our children's money.


This is sarcasm right?


A lot of it.


thought so :-)


Anyone want to hold a Pity Party fund raiser to help these two out? I'll guess they have tapped out friends and family. I feel a new FB fund raiser page coming.


What we need is a non-profit organization that will take donations on behalf of them. They could organize bake sales, garage sales, and other activities to help promote their cause. If only there were such an Association that we could follow the example of. Wait....


Completely ridiculous. I'm pretty certain they've had enough chances.


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