Embezzle cases  -- like this $10k case in Connecticut -- drive me crazy for many reasons:

  1. They're preventable with some basic checks and balances.

  2. It's the worst kind of theft, stealing playgrounds and field trips and classroom supplies from kids

  3. (As the comments on that above-linked article show) they invite the worst kind of suspicions and chatter about the good work of PTOs and PTAs.

New Year's Resolutions: don't think this can't happen at your school and don't let this happen at your school.  And for good measure, get the modestly-priced PTO insurance that protects you even more.