PTO president facing fraud, theft charges in Hunterdon County
RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A former Parent Teacher Organization president at a Hunterdon County school is facing fraud and theft charges, according to Raritan Township Police Lieutenant Scott Nelson.
Raritan Township police detectives on Wednesday took a report from JP Case Middle School PTO members, regarding irregularities in the PTO’s bank statements, Nelson said.
PTO members told detectives that the PTO president, Nicole Sanchez, was previously the president and lone member of the board (apart from an informal volunteer treasurer), during the years of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, Nelson said.
Detectives reviewed the PTO bank account statements for the years of 2021 and 2022 and multiple unexplained transactions were observed. Sanchez had access to the PTO debit card and bank account during this period of time, Nelson siad.
It was determined that there were approximately $14,500 in unauthorized charges on the account. After further investigation, it appeared as though Sanchez attempted to pay some of the money back with $2,300 paid back to the PTO, Nelson said.
Sanchez was questioned by detectives regarding the allegations and she allegedly admitted to being the sole perpetrator of the unauthorized transactions. She advised that she intends to pay the money back, Nelson said.
Sanchez was charged with theft of immovable property and fraudulent use of a credit card. She was released pending a court apperneace, Nelson said.