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Colorado Springs PTA treasurer accused of embezzling $25,500 from the school account.
Michelle Dawson Owens, 44, was arrested in April on suspicion of stealing from two parent-teacher group accounts. She is currently on unpaid administrative leave until the case makes its way to trial. She’s suspected of siphoning money from the accounts over a period of nearly two years, from September 2015 to June 2017. The money allegedly was stolen from revenue raised from PTA. Owens told police she used the money for “things around the house,” as she and her husband keep separate bank accounts. Her husband “provides her with a periodic amount of money to run the household with.”Suspicion arose when the PTA bank account went into an overdraft, but the account was supposed to have been closed due to a restructuring of the group. Owens had been writing checks from the defunct account to herself, witnesses told police, “above and beyond normal expenditures of the PTA,” leading them to conclude she was pilfering funds. Her trial is scheduled for Nov. 14 in 4th Judicial District Court in Colorado Springs.