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$22,000 reported missing from a Ken-Ton elementary school's PTA

More than $22,000 is missing from the Parent Teachers Association of a Kenmore elementary school, money that was supposed to pay for student field trips and musicals.

No charges have been filed over the missing money at the Charles Lindbergh Elementary School.

A Town of Tonawanda police report says that the PTA's "Executive Board reviewed the books and it appears that the past treasurer (name redacted) was depositing checks but not the cash from varies fund raiser's from 7/01/16 to 7/31/17."

Jennifer Seyfang was treasurer of the organization at that time, according to the PTA's website, and Tonawanda Police confirmed to The Buffalo News that Seyfang was the treasurer during that time when the thefts reportedly occurred.

Seyfang's lawyer said she is aware of the investigation.

"She vehemently denies the allegations," said Sunil Bakshi, who said he represents Seyfang. "My client is aware of the investigation and has hired both legal counsel and a forensic expert to vigorously defend the allegations."

Seyfang did not respond to a reporter's messages seeking her comment.

The theft was reported to police Aug. 14 by the co-presidents of the PTA after they noticed money missing from the PTA's credit union account, according to the police report. Police indicated the theft could result in charges of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records.

Calls to reach current and former PTA board members went unanswered.

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board President Jill O'Malley said the School Board is aware of the reported theft, but does not oversee the finances or actions of PTAs.

"The district doesn't come in and say we want to audit your financials," O'Malley said.

But she said that the school community has "rallied around to make this right" by holding two major fundraisers to try to recoup the missing funds.

The Lindbergh PTA will hold its annual "Booster-thon Fun Run" throughout the school day Friday with a goal to raise $20,000 for field trips and the school musical.

"I commend the new (PTA) board for moving this forward in a positive direction," added O'Malley.

The Lindbergh PTA is also going to file an insurance claim related to the loss, according to the police report.


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