Ex-PTO official arrested again

Published 2:48 pm Friday, December 18, 2009

A former Parent Teacher Organization president at East Central Upper Elementary in Hurley, who was accused in October of embezzling from the PTO’s account, has been arrested again on new charges of shoplifting and drug violations.

Pascagoula police Capt. Shannon Broom said Michelle Thomas Richardson tried to push a cart full of unbagged merchandise and groceries out of a front door of the Pascagoula Super Walmart Saturday.

On Monday, a judge revoked Richardson’s $5,000 bail for the earlier felony embezzlement charge.

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She was arrested Oct. 29 on allegations of stealing about $3,000 from the PTO and removed from the PTO board.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Richardson has an attorney.