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Former Parent Teacher Organization president accused of stealing $22,000from Indio Elementary School in California.
Danny Cervantes, 35, is accused of taking $22,043 over the course of 10 months via a debit card issued to him as the head of the Herbert Hoover Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization. Cervanteswas appointed the organization’s president and treasurer in October 2016 due to his background as an accountant. According to an arrest warrant declaration that says his responsibilities included “balancing the books, issuing checks/payments, purchasing and making deposits.” Cervantes made withdrawals from the account and avoided providing any bank statementsor updates on the association’s finances to other organization members, according to the declaration. Supporting documents indicate the embezzlement began shortly after he was appointed. Investigation began when a teacher came forward to report she found copies of the bank statements, which showed “excessive ATM/Teller activity.” She also told police that “because of her comfort and longstanding friendship with Danny, (she) never suspected any wrongdoing,” the declaration states. Police obtained video and photographic evidence of Cervantes allegedly making transactions at various ATMs throughout the area. When interviewed by Indio detectives, he allegedly denied making the transactions and said other people had access to the debit card. But once confronted with photos of his ATM withdrawals,he admitted taking the money and wrote an apology letter to the school stating he would pay back the missing funds, according to police. Cervant is charged with grand theft. He was due in court on Monday for a felony settlement conference.