A former PTA treasurer at a Kenmore-Tonawanda school admitted Wednesday that she stole nearly $20,000 that parents and students raised to pay for field trips and musicals.
Jennifer Seyfang, 38, of Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree and attempted grand larceny fourth degree for stealing from the Charles A. Lindbergh PTA and from an athletic booster club.
Beginning in July 2016, while Seyfang was treasurer of the parent-teacher association at Lindbergh Elementary School, she pocketed $18,234 in cash, according to the District Attorney's Office.
The embezzlement was discovered in August when the PTA's executive board reviewed its credit union account and realized Seyfang was depositing checks written at fundraisers but not the cash that was collected, according to the police report. The board initially estimated that as much as $22,000 could be missing.
At first Seyfang denied stealing any money, and her attorney said that she was hiring a forensic expert to review the records on her behalf. The school responded to the loss by planning more fundraisers to try to raise the money again.
Besides the theft from the PTA, Seyfang also admitted that she tried to steal $9,523.68 from the Greater Buffalo Gymnastic Booster Club when she was treasurer of that group.
The DA's Office said she has since made full restitution. That likely will affect her sentence when she returns before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case on Feb. 2. The maximum possible sentence is four years in prison, but she could receive a probationary sentence and serve no time in jail.