Report: $5,500 missing from Dubose Middle PTSA bank account

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County deputies were called to Dubose Middle School last month after it was discovered nearly $5,500 was missing from the school's PTSA bank account, according to an incident report.

The report states the school's accountant and PTSA Treasurer Gina Austin notified Principal Christie O'Rear in January that six deposits made on behalf of the PTSA totaling $5,498.75 never made it to the bank.

Officers say the deposits that are unaccounted for include one in October for $1,072.75, one in November for $480, and four in December for $975, $1,119, $987, and $865.

The checks that were in those deposits have also not been taken out of the accounts they came from, deputies say.

Austin told deputies two PTSA members signed for taking custody of the deposits for the dates in question.

Officials at First Federal Bank, where the PTSA account is held, were able to show deputies copies of previous deposits they had received, which showed some deposits left the school and were held for almost a month before they were actually deposited, a report states.

Authorities say the bank confirmed they received the last two unaccounted for deposit bags. The bank was able to produce the two empty deposit bags, which included deposit slip copies, but did not have receipts showing the money was actually deposited. Bank officials told deputies they did not always include the receipts.

Deputies say the Head of the PTSA did not wish to pursue an investigation into the missing deposits, as she felt the incident was a clerical error and the money would be located.

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