Woman Charged for Stealing $17K from Parent Teacher Club

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Jill C. Bouton (Photo Credit: Willoughby Police Department)

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — A Willoughby woman faces charges for allegedly taking more than $17,000 from the Willoughby-Eastlake Grant School Parent Teacher Club.

Jill C. Bouton, 37, faces a charge of grand theft in the case.

According to Willoughby police, the theft occurred over a two-year period from Dec. 6, 2012, to Jan. 7, 2014. On Jan. 30, 2014, Supt. Stephen Thompson called police reporting the alleged theft.

Police said Bouton had served as Grant School PTC treasurer for the 2011-12 school year, as president for the 2012-13 school year and also as president for the first half of the 2013-14 school year.

Police said during that time, Bouton would have PTC checks issued to her to allegedly pay for different student activity expenses including the student Christmas store, PTC contracts and a book fair.

Police said Bouton would also have checks issued to her for the reimbursement of expenses on purchases that she allegedly made with her personal credit cards. Not all the funds, however, were used to pay for the PTC expenses.

About $17,226 of that money issued to Bouton did pay for school expenses.

Police said Bouton turned herself in on Wednesday and was arraigned in Willoughby Municipal Court Thursday.

Her bond was set at $7,500.

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