Former Claremont Middle School PTO treasurer indicted on embezzling
NEWPORT — A former member of the Claremont Middle School Parent Teacher Organization has been indicted on one count of unauthorized taking or transfer by a Sullivan County Grand Jury.
Rebecca Remick, 40, of 35 Citizens St., Claremont, was arrested in July for felony theft for allegedly exercising unauthorized control of more than $2,000 in Claremont Middle School PTO funds.
Last week she waived her right for an arraignment on the indictment in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport and entered a plea of not guilty.
The charge carries a penalty of seven and half to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
According to the indictment, Remick wrote and cashed several checks between September 2013 and March 2014 from a PTO checking account at the Claremont Savings Bank while acting in her capacity as treasurer of the PTO and used the money for personal use. The nine checks ranged in value from $50 to $350 and totaled $2,019.90.
Remick was a member of the PTO at the time of the thefts. An investigation into Remick began in April when SAU No. 6 officials notified Claremont police of concerns.
In July Police Chief Alex Scott said Remick was cooperative with authorities during the investigation and has reimbursed the PTO for the missing funds.
Remick is postmaster at the United States Post Office on Broad Street. She went on leave following her arrest.