Thursday, July 1, 2004

Ex-treasurer will repay funds, says her attorney

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - A woman accused of stealing money from a school group she was treasurer for intends to make full restitution, her attorney said Wednesday.

Robin R. Cook, 47, was charged last weekwith a felony count of theft. She is accused of writing checks totaling at least $16,000 to herself from the Fillmore Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization account.

"It was a shock, very painful," said Debbie Yokers, PTO president. "... We're just going through day-by-day trying to make the best of it."

Cook was elected treasurer of the PTO in September. She is accused of writing numerous checks to herself between September and May 13, said Hamilton Police Acting Sgt. Dave Crawford.

Police were contacted June 7 after Cook failed to turn over the PTO books.

Cook's attorney, Jack Garretson, said his client voluntarily turned herself in and intends to make full restitution.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 23 in Hamilton Municipal Court.

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