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Silver Spring Woman Expected to Plead Guilty in MCCPTA Embezzlement Case

The woman allegedly responsible for embezzling $39,000 from the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations is expected to plead guilty next month, according to court documents.

Lisa Betts, 47, of Silver Spring has been charged with embezzlement in connection with the disappearance of the funds which MCCPTA revealed back in April.

Betts will be in court on Nov. 17 before Judge David Boynton. According to a report by MyMCMedia, the charging documents say Betts agrees to pay full restitution, less $10,000 she has already paid. The prosecutor is suggesting she receive six months’ probation.

In April, MCCPTA posted a letter to members on its website which stating that the organization had found “significant financial irregularities” resulting in the “apparent theft of a substantial sum, most likely by someone inside MCCPTA.”

The organization is the countywide association of 192 local PTAs in Montgomery County public schools. “We serve to help PTA leadership county­wide on issues affecting children,” said the website.

MCCPTA says the “financial irregularities” were noted in March and the Board of Directors asked for an internal audit. “The audit team discovered the loss of funds during its subsequent review of MCCPTA’s financial records,” read the letter. The letter stated that the irregularities began in July 2016.

“The MCCPTA audit team turned over financial records and findings to the Montgomery County Police Department Financial Crimes Unit, which has opened an ongoing investigation,” said the letter. The audit team reviewed all financial activities between July 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, looking for any suspicious activity.

According to court records, the charges of Embezzlement -- Fraudulent Misappropriation by Fiduciary were filed against Betts on Oct. 25.