Manatee detectives charge PTO treasurer after funds go missing


MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Manatee County detectives have charged a 29-year-old woman after funds went missing from an elementary school Parent Teacher Organization.

Jessica Ann Laureano is charged with scheme to defraud. She was treasurer of the PTO at Sea Breeze Elementary School when the missing funds were discovered, detectives said.

The investigation started on Aug. 29. The bank notified the PTO about its overdrawn account, detectives said.

Detectives say they found Laureano had conducted unauthorized activity on the account. There are 59 unauthorized transactions, running from Dec. 2 to June 15, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Those transactions totaled $6,118. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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