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Former Winchester PTO Treasurer Embezzled $13K: Police

The former treasurer of the Winchester PTO is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars over the course of several years.

The investigation began in May 2017 when the president of the PTO raised concerns about bookkeeping discrepancies under the former treasurer, identified as 41-year-old Jeni Shean.

Investigators found multiple checks written for cash from the PTO checking account and determined that Shean stole around $13,000 between 2013 and 2016.

"It’s incredible. And they should have like stuff in place to make sure there’s three signatures before you sign off on something and allow people to get their hands on any money I guess," said Winsted resident Loretta Tremblay.

Police said that Shean, who now lives in Pittston, Maine, denied the allegations. According to court documents, in an interview with detectives, she provided explanations for the discrepancies and stated, "It might be bad record keeping but I did not take or use any of the money."

Shean turned herself into police on Nov. 18. She was charged with second-degree larceny.

Shean was released on a $10,000 and was due in court Monday.

NBC Connecticut has reached out to the PTO for comment.

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