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Danny Cervantes, 34, a former PTA treasurer of Herbert Hover Elementary School in California was accused of stealing over $22,000 from the PTA.
Cervantes was accused of using a PTA debit card for his personal use. As PTA president and treasurer he had the only access to the debit card.
Cervantes got the volunteer position because he had a background in accounting. His responsibilities included balancing finances, issuing payments and making deposits and purchases.
A Hoover Elementary teacher reported the theft to police after she noticed bank records showing multiple cash withdraws. The teacher “routinely” asked Cervantes for updates on finances but he “vehemently” avoided providing any type of official bank statements.
Police contacted Bank of America and obtained footage of the suspect’s transactions. He initially denied making all the transactions claiming other people had access to the debit card. Cervantes confessed to withdrawing the money after being presented with photos of him making the transactions.
The felony complaint alleges embezzlement of $22,473.
The Hoover PTA has been working “diligently” to raise money to replace the stolen funds and cover unpaid bills.