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Question: Money laundering?

Principal keeps handing us checks from various people to be deposited into the PTO bank account and then wants checks cut from the account. She calls them donations. We don't know where this money came from and we are not set up as a non-profit. We feel since we didn't raise the money, it shouldn't be going through our account. Thoughts


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Community Advice

Mrs. K writes:
I agree, I wouldn't put it in our account either. If you really suspect something I would go to the school's superintendent.


Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
You should stop doing this. The way I read this, the best case is that the principal is trying to avoid district rules on raising and spending money. It's unethical, but at least she would be trying to benefit the school. At worst, she may have some scheme to benefit herself personally. Either way, you don't want to be involved. Tell her you've been advised this is a bad accounting practice that could get you into trouble, so you won't be able to do it any more. As Mrs. K suggests below, if you really suspect something, go to the superintendent or contact the police.


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