Gulfport woman charged with embezzling from school PTA fund

GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — Authorities say a Gulfport woman has been charged with stealing money from an elementary school’s parent-teacher association in south Mississippi.

WLOX-TV reported that 39-year-old Catherine Strickland was charged with embezzlement. She was arrested Friday and taken to the Harrison County jail where she posted bond.

It wasn’t immediately clear if she had a lawyer.

Gulfport police say Strickland is charged with embezzling more than $2,700 from the PTA of Three Rivers Elementary School.

Strickland is accused of submitting fraudulent documents to the school district’s bookkeeper.

Police say the theft happened between April and August of this year.