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Ex-school treasurer accused of theft

A former Spokane elementary school parent teacher organization treasurer pleaded innocent to six felony charges Monday, more than a year after police say she sat in the principal’s office as the PTO president exclaimed, “We have no money; it’s all gone.” ’

Theresa L. Dewitt, 42, is accused of stealing nearly $20,000 from the Whitman Elementary School PTO, where she’d volunteered long after her children left and had managed the volunteer group’s money for three years, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Dewitt was arraigned in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on four counts of first-degree theft, one count of forgery and one count of identity theft amid allegations she forged signatures and used stolen checks beginning in September 2006 to bilk the Whitman PTO of money raised through sales of cookie dough and fine chocolate.

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