Former PTO secretary charged with stealing $13K

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Missing parent teacher organization (PTO) money from Hillside Elementary School in New Cumberland lead to a criminal investigation, and now, the former PTO treasurer is facing more than 20 charges.

According to court documents, New Cumberland Police charged Christine Rigling with stealing more than $13,000 from the PTO and the New Cumberland Youth Baseball League. The documents indicate Rigling deposited the money earned by fund raiser's into her own bank account.

The investigation was launched last February when, according to the documents, the PTO president noticed there was no money in the organization's checking account. According to investigators, a total of $13,569.97 was taken during 18 transactions.

Records show that the money was used on Rigling's personal expenses. In many instances, records show money deposited was into her personal bank account, where police said she and her husband owed money on loans.

Investigators said that Rigling apologized for her actions and resigned from her position with the PTO.

Rigling spoke off camera to abc27 News on Monday, saying she paid back the money and was going through personal issues at the time.

The case will move forward this week. A formal arraignment is scheduled for Thursday morning.

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