PTA board member arrested on embezzlement charges in Jamestown

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A woman who served on Jamestown Elementary School’s PTA board was arrested Monday.

The Guilford County Sheriff's Office reports Christina Joy Grindstaff, 38, of High Point, is charged with one count of embezzlement and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Lt. Brian Hall said Grindstaff was the treasurer of the PTA when money started disappearing.

Lt. Hall explained, "The school board and the PTA noticed that a lot of their vendors were not being paid for services and merchandise the PTA had ordered through them."

"They went back and started looking, trying to figure out why the vendors had not been paid. The reason they found was there was no money in the account to pay the vendors. So they put a committee together to go back and research what was happening to the money," Lt. Hall said.

Investigators said they linked more than $5,000 to Grindstaff. It could be more, he said, but cash is difficult to trace.

Lt. Hall said Grindstaff was turning in checks from fundraisers but keeping the cash.

"There were also PTA checks made out 'to cash' and being cashed and that money was used for personal gain, not for PTA use," he added.

Authorities said the thefts happened between September and December 2014.

Investigators were first notified by the auditing committee at the end of last year.

Parent Tiffany Bryan has two kids at Jamestown Elementary. "My first reaction was utter shock. I don’t understand why you would do that to so many children that need so many things as far as school as concerned."

The charges Grindstaff faces are both felonies. She was released on an unsecured bond.