Couple Accused Of Stealing From Avondale West's PTO Headed To Court

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Court dates are set for a husband and wife accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an area school.

Benjamin and Jamie Chestnut are charged with the crime, after Avondale West Elementary School officials noticed the money went missing from the school's PTO account in April.

Benjamin, charged with theft by deception and making false information, is scheduled for arraignment on January 6, 2014.

His wife Jamie is charged with two counts of forgery and one count of theft by deception. A criminal assignment docket for her is scheduled for January 9, 2014.

Grand jury indictments state that Benjamin got money from the PTO account between July 23, 2012 and March 25, 2013. On November 26, 2012, he allegedly presented false information in the PTO meeting minutes in an attempt to obstruct the detection of theft.

Jamie tried twice last December to alter a check linked to the PTO.

USD 501 Director of School Safety Ron Brown told 13 News in April that the money was being saved for the school carnival.

The Chestnuts were not employed by the school district, but were associated with the PTO.


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