Former PTSA President in courtUPDATED 8:34 PM HST Dec 13, 2013Video Transcript
stores- That's what a former Lanikai PTSA president did with the thousands of dollars she allegedly stole form the school. KITV 4's Cam Tran was in court as the former president faced the judge. NAT: 11:25 NO CONTEST Calm, cool, and collected.. Former PTSA President Tonya Taylor said she would NOT fight charges she stole more than 50-thousand dollars from the Lanikai Elementary organization. Prosecutors say she stole systematically ... Lining her pockets over the course of 4-years. Chris Young, PA IN:7:44 THE DEFENDANT MADE 51 DEBIT CARD PURCHASES USING THE PTA DEBIT CARD FORM THEIR ACCOUNT. Investigators say she wrote 16 checks to her personal account and numerous checks to her husband's account without his knowledge. An abuse of power, a betrayal of trust. Those charges included purchases at Costco, Macy's, Best Buy, the Apple Store and at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island. The charges weren't discovered until recently when she was no longer president. CHRIS YOUNG, PROSECUTOR IN:18:17 THIS CASE CAME TO OUR ATTENTION BECAUSE THERE WAS A CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATI ON OF THE PTSA AND BECAUSE OF THAT QUESTIONS WERE REASIED BECAUSE SOME MONEY THAT THEY WERE GETTING FROM LOWES TO BUILD A STRUCTURE FOR KIDS WAS NEVER BUILT AND PEOPLE STARTED TO QUESTION WHERE THAT MONEY WENT 18:30 Though they don't dispute the charges, Taylor's defense attorney believes the amount missing is far less. VICTOR BAKKE, TAYLOR'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY 19:02 THERE WAS NO AGREEMENT TODAY AS TO THE AMOUNT OF THE LOSS AND WE'RE CONTESTING THAT 19:06 They say they need time to calculate just how much money disappeared, but think it will be well under 50- thousand. BAKKE 19:53 THIS OCCURRED OVER A 4 YEAR PERIOD SO YOU CAN IMAGINE THE ACCOUNTING IS QUITE EXTENSIVE, SINCE THERE'S DIFFERENT TYPES OF CURRENCY TRANSACTION S OCCURRED LIKE ATM, CHECKS WITHDRAWS SO WE ARE STILL GOING THORUGH ALL OF THAT 20:06 Taylor out of the court room with June now being the critical date. That's when she'll be sentenced and she'll find out how much money she owes. Cam Tran, KITV 4 News.