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Audit: School group's treasurer misused funds

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Sharon Kirby (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Sharon Kirby (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The new wave of parents and teachers taking over at Greenwood Elementary discovered misappropriated funds during a self-audit, prompting police to take action.

The Greenwood Elementary Association of Parents and Teachers (APT) chose to do a self-audit of the financial records when they elected new Executive Board Members.

The new board members sent a letter to parents on Dec. 5 saying, "We are in the process of working with a financial officer...to complete the audit and reconcile the accounts."

In that letter, the new officers stressed that they would reveal the results of the audit as soon as possible in a follow up letter.

Letter sent to parents at Greenwood Elementary - PDF

Two days later that letter came from the school's principal Susan Hartwig, saying, "I regret to inform you that there was a misappropriation of funds and that the matter has been turned over to law enforcement."

During the transition period, police spokesman Major Carlos Raines says discrepancies in the Greenwood APT's bank account arose and investigation began immediately.

The account, Raines says, was missing $20,800.40, which the group's treasurer was using for her own gain while vacating the position to the new officer.

Former treasurer, Sharon Kirby, is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent. She turned herself into Florence Police Monday morning.

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