Parent guilty of stealing PTA funds


A 41-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty yesterday to theft and forgery for stealing $6,400 from his child's school PTA funds.

Charles R. Nastasi of the 500 block of Vista Ave. admitted in Anne Arundel Circuit Court that he forged checks from the account of the Hilltop Elementary School PTA to pay for car repairs and other personal expenses.

Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler said that Nastasi was appointed treasurer of the PTA on Sept. 15, 1993, and that over the next six months he forged several checks under the name of the PTA president.

He was charged March 10 after other PTA members noticed the account balances were going down and reported it to the police.

He pleaded guilty before Judge Raymond G. Thieme, Jr. to one count of felony theft, two counts of forgery and one count of issuing a forged check. He could be sentenced to a maximum of 45 years in prison next month. Mr. Roessler said that he will recommend that Nastasi, who has no criminal record, be placed on probation as long as he agrees to pay back the money.

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