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Edgerton PTA secretary suspected of embezzling $11,000

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Ted Sullivan
August 29, 2009
— The secretary of the Edgerton Elementary School PTA was charged with felony theft Thursday stemming from the embezzlement of more than $11,000 from the organization.

Kimberly J. Kienitz, 40, of 301 Randolph St., Edgerton, appeared in Rock County Court on Thursday and was ordered released on a signature bond.


According to the criminal complaint:


The president of the PTA called Edgerton police Tuesday after receiving calls from a cookie dough vendor the PTA had hired last school year.


The vendor told the PTA president the bill for $10,500 in cookie dough had not been paid.


The PTA president audited the PTA's finances and found several discrepancies. She called Kienitz, who claimed she stopped payment on the check to the cookie dough company.


Blackhawk Credit Union, where the PTA has a checking account, told the PTA president no check had ever been issued to the cookie dough company.


The PTA president began collecting banking documents from the credit union. She found five checks worth a total of about $6,100 written to Kienitz.


Police interviewed Kienitz on Wednesday. Kienitz told police her family has been suffering from financial difficulties for several years.


Kienitz admitted to writing herself checks from the PTA to pay her mortgage, energy bills, food bills and other expenses. She estimated she had taken more than $11,000 from the PTA in the past two years.


Kienitz was charged with felony theft Thursday. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.


She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Sept. 16.



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