Brooklyn PTA president arrested for embezzlement

One Brooklyn Parent Teacher Association president has found herself on the wrong side of the law.

Suzanne Olney, president of P.S. 216’s PTA, was arrested on Tuesday, June 9 for allegedly embezzling more than $10,000 in PTA funding, according to the New York Daily News.

Olney, 45, was arrested at her home by cops from the 61st Precinct and charged with grand larceny, according to police. The PTA president is alleged to have made as many as four unauthorized online transfers – totaling $14,000 – from the PTA account to her own private account.

When confronted, the News reports, Olney transferred $10,000 back into the PTA account, leaving $4,000 still unaccounted for.

“While PTA members are not school employees, they are part of the school community,” Department of Education rep Jason Fink told this paper. “The alleged misconduct is deeply disappointing and betrays the trust the P.S. 216 school community placed in her. We are cooperating with the NYPD on their investigation.”

Olney’s son and daughter both attend P.S. 216, according to the News.

By press time, administrators at P.S. 216 had not returned a call requesting comment. Representatives from Community Education Council 21 declined to comment.

P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School, is located at 350 Avenue X.

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