Julie A. Riviello, 41, is facing felony charges.
CLYDE — A Clyde woman is facing felony charges after an investigation into the theft of money from the Clyde-Savannah Parent Teacher Group.
Julie A. Riviello, 41, of 16 Hill St., was charged Friday with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery, according to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies. Both charges are class D felonies.
Deputies said Riviello wrote Parent Teacher Group checks to herself and forged the signatures of other group members on the checks to make them appear genuine. Also, deputies said she transferred funds from the PTG account into her personal account.
The amount of money has not been publicly disclosed, although Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts had told Daily Messenger news partner News 10NBC shortly after the theft it was a “substantial amount.”
Parents said elementary school children had been raising money for activities associated with a daddy-daughter dance, which was scheduled Feb. 9.
"[It's] shocking that somebody would take the money from the kids," parent Brandy Davenport told News 10NBC after the theft was reported. “You're supposed to put your trust in these people. So, it's extremely unsettling."
Superintendent Mike Hayden had released a statement saying that a school employee who is also a parent-teacher volunteer was suspected of stealing funds from the bank account.
Riviello was arraigned in Galen Town Court and was taken to Wayne County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.
Rivilleo is scheduled to appear in court at a later date to answer to the charges.