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Woman gets probation in thefts from PTA

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
December 18, 2010
— An Edgerton woman was sentenced to five years of probation Friday for embezzling more than $46,000 from the Edgerton Elementary School PTA.

Kimberly J. Kienitz, 41, of 301 Randolph St., Edgerton, pleaded guilty to felony theft in July. She is the PTA’s former treasurer.


Previous news articles reported that Kienitz estimated she stole about $11,000.


The amount is actually $46,250, according to court documents.


Judge James Daley followed a plea agreement in sentencing Kienitz.


The sentence includes six months in jail, but Kienitz could qualify for the jail diversion program, which would allow her to stay out of jail and be electronically monitored. She also is eligible for work release.


Kienitz has no previous criminal record. Her attorney, Reed Cornia, said she is “extremely remorseful” and that her actions were out of character.


Kienitz has made restitution of $12,550, and an insurance company has reimbursed the PTA for the balance, a prosecutor said. Kienitz is required to reimburse the insurance company, according to an agreement that is part of her sentence.


Kienitz has part-time jobs and is looking for other work, Cornia said.


Kienitz was calm and mostly silent through the proceeding.


She declined Daley’s offer to speak.


According to the criminal complaint, the theft was revealed after a cookie-dough vendor complained that a bill for $10,500 had not been paid. That led to an audit.


Kienitz told police her family had experienced financial difficulties and that she wrote herself checks from the PTA to pay her mortgage, energy bills, food bills and other expenses, according to the complaint.


Kienitz was the PTA’s treasurer for four years.


Daley reminded Kienitz that, as a convicted felon, she may not possess firearms, and she may not vote until the end of her probationary period.



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