(Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
CANTON, Ga. -- A former PTA treasurer has been charged with stealing money from two Cherokee County schools.
Kim Turman was arrested Monday by detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
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Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Turman, 40, is accused of taking more than $12,000 from Indian Knoll Elementary School's PTA and nearly $5,900 from the Sequoyah High School Girls Soccer Booster Club, when she was the treasurer for both organizations.
She has been charged with two counts of felony theft and has since been released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $52,000 bond.
Baker said both Georgia PTA and the soccer booster club are cooperating with the sheriff's office in their investigation.
Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby released a statement Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the system:
The Indian Knoll Elementary School PTA and Sequoyah High School Girls Soccer Booster Club alleged financial discrepancies do not involve Cherokee County School District funds or employees.
Whenever PTA or Booster Club leaders determine a local unit's financial records need to be audited due to discrepancies, the School District offers assistance. In this instance, the Georgia PTA conducted the audit for the Indian Knoll PTA, and the Booster Club recruited a retired CPA to conduct its audit.
The School District appreciates that the local PTA and Booster Club leadership can be relied upon to pursue investigations of inappropriate activities regarding community donations.
The School District also appreciates that it is the PTA organization operating our schools, as opposed to an independent parent-teacher group, as this affiliation provides local PTA units with State and National guidance and training in matters including financial management.