A former treasurer of a Ferndale parent-teacher organization who admitted to making personal purchases with its funds has been charged in Whatcom County Superior Court.
Teresa C. Souve is facing one count of unlawfully possessing payment instruments.
Souve worked as the treasurer for PTOs with Central Elementary School and Horizon Middle School. She began working with the Central PTO in 2006 and the Horizon PTO in 2007.
Souve was arrested in December and booked into Whatcom County Jail. She was released from jail and was not charged until Jan. 20. Her trial date is set for April 18.
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Ferndale police began investigating Souve in October, when the principal at Horizon contacted them about a suspicious transaction on the Horizon PTO's bank account.
A bank statement showed that $1,000 was withdrawn from the account without explanation, according to charging documents filed in Superior Court.
After being questioned by police later on, Souve admitted she took $1,000 from the account to pay her bills.
To write checks from the Horizon PTO account, two signatures are required. Souve had possession of the checks for the Horizon account. An investigation found that she wrote 38 checks that lacked the second signature, according to charging documents.
To be found guilty of unlawfully possessing payment instruments in Washington, a person must be proven to have possessed two or more checks with the intent to commit theft, forgery or identity theft and without the permission of the checks' owner.
Whatcom County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Anna Gigliotti did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon on her decision to file that charge against Souve.