Plea agreement reached in embezzlement of PTA funds

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- - The former treasurer of a PTA group in Maryland's largest school system has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors following an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of PTA funds.

Online court records indicate that a plea agreement by 47-year-old Lisa Betts of Silver Spring was filed last week, the same day that a criminal information charging her with misdemeanor embezzlement was docketed.

Betts is schedule to appear in court on Nov. 17.

Betts is suspected of embezzling almost $40,000 from the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, which represents more than 190 local parent-teacher associations.

Police launched an investigation in April after an internal audit found that money was improperly taken from the council's checking account between July 2016 and March 2017.

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