A Bethpage PTA parent – arrested earlier this year on larceny and forgery charges – faced a judge on Tuesday after a grand jury indicted her on additional charges in a case that alleges she stole more than $5,000 from the organization’s bank account, Nassau prosecutors said March 5.
Kathryn Savage, 38, of Bethpage, was released Tuesday without bail after being arraigned on charges that included grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument and falsifying business records.
Prosecutors said Savage was the treasurer of the Central Boulevard Elementary School PTA between August 2012 and July 2013. Authorities allege that during that period she wrote five “unauthorized checks” – totaling $5,401.20 – from the group’s bank account.
One of the checks – for more than $3,500 – was made payable to her boyfriend, the district attorney’s office said. The other four checks were allegedly written out to cash and then deposited by Savage.
All of the checks required a double signature and had both Savage’s signature, as the treasurer, and the signature of the group’s president, prosecutors said in September. Investigators said the organization’s president never signed the checks and never gave permission for anyone to sign them on their behalf.
As Examiner.com reported, Savage was arrested in September after an internal audit uncovered discrepancies in the PTA’s finances. In late September, Savage was charged with third-degree grand larceny and four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Savage was recently indicted on an additional 10 counts of first-degree falsifying business records. She was arraigned Wednesday on the superseding indictment – which included all 15 charges, court records show.
“Organizations like the PTA depend on people who give their valuable time for the betterment of their communities, but it takes only the dishonest actions of one person to put the good efforts of so many in jeopardy,” Rice said in a statement.
In a statement released late Wednesday, Bethpage Schools Superintendent Terence Clark said the money allegedly stolen by Savage was raised and managed by the PTA and was intended to “enhance the educational program for children.” He also said the district is cooperating with law enforcement to help recover the funds.
Savage could not be reached for comment. A phone number listed for her in public records was not in service.
She is due back in court on March 20 and if convicted of the top charge, she could face up to seven years in prison.