Ferry PTA embezzlers get sentence delay

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

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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