State police investigating reported embezzlement from York County PTO

Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

State police are investigating a reported embezzlement from the Wellsville Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.

The investigation, which began on Jan. 17, found that from March 2020 to January 2022 someone used the PTO's debit card to make “numerous” purchases and cash withdrawals from ATMs for personal use.

A photo of Wellsville Elementary School on Feb. 16, 2017.

The purchases added up to $3,251, while $1,560 was withdrawn, for a total of $4,811 lost, according to state police.

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No arrests have been made, and the case remains under investigation.

“We’re currently working through the investigation matter with police," said Ashlie Rittle, Wellsville Elementary School's principal.

Messages seeking comment from the PTO were not returned as of Friday afternoon.

Minutes from the board's Jan. 12 meeting show the PTO had a present bank account balance of $16,628 and an available balance of $9,365.

Wellsville Elementary School, 1060 Zeigler Road,  is part of the Northern York County School District. The school has about 235 students, Rittle said.

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