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Hermitage PTO officers charged with stealing more than $35,000

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HERMITAGE, Pa. - Two officers of a Mercer County parent/teacher group are charged with stealing more than $35,000 from the organization.

Gina Grata, 45, of Hermitage is accused of theft and conspiracy for allegedly embezzling more than $10,000 from the Hermitage Executive PTO, of which Grata is the president.

The organization's treasurer, Kelly Marie Vocaire, who is the PTO's treasurer is accused of taking more than $25,000.

Treasurer Nichole Hamelly of the Artman Elemtary School PTO said she noticed disappearances when she started in office in August of 2012 and requested to see the executive books and collect the records.

She has not received any records from either suspect despite requests.

Hamelly added she and Delahunty Middle School Treasurer David Speir found copies of numerous cancelled checks issued and made payable to the two suspects.

Police say Grata and Vocaire wrote more than 80 checks to themselves between last June and April 2013.



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