Woman accused of PTO theft enters DA's program

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON – The 28-year-old woman accused of embezzling funds from the Northeast Elementary School parent teacher organization has entered into the San Juan County District Attorney's Office pre-prosecution diversion program.

Myca Ross

Myca Ross paid $11,600 in a lump sum to the parent-teacher organization to gain admittance to the program and admitted guilt in a signed agreement, according  to Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien.

Ross was charged Sept. 1 in Farmington Magistrate Court with third-degree felony embezzlement, four counts of forgery and tampering with evidence on allegations she used parent-teacher organization funds on personal items, including gasoline, a pizza party for her child, groceries and a birthday party.

Those charges were dismissed Monday after Ross was admitted into the program, but O'Brien said Ross will be required to pay back the total amount stolen — $19,651.22 — or charges will be refiled.

Ross also will be required to attend life skills preparation classes and perform 50 hours of community service to complete the program, O'Brien said.

Ross' attorney, Sarah Weaver, declined to comment.

The parent teacher organization is independent of Northeast Elementary, but raises money to help teachers in the classroom and to fund student events. Two members of the organization suspected Ross of theft after $4,000 went missing during a candy bar sale fundraiser.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.