UPDATE (2:10 p.m.): The Cherokee County School District has issued a press release regarding the arrest the former treasurer of the Indian Knoll Elementary PTA in Hickory Flat and the Sequoyah High School Girls Soccer Booster Club in Holly Springs on two counts of theft.
"The Indian Knoll Elementary School PTA and Sequoyah High School Girls Soccer Booster Club alleged financial discrepancies do not involve Cherokee County School District funds or employees," the release says.
According to the school district, when organizations such as the PTA and the booster club feel their finances are out of order, the school district offers assistance. The audit of the Indian Knoll PTA's finances was performed by the state PTA, and the audit of the Sequoyah booster club was performed by a retired accountant.
"The School District appreciates that the local PTA and Booster Club leadership can be relied upon to pursue investigations of inappropriate activities regarding community donations," the school district said.
Additionally, the district expressed its gratitude that the PTA operates inside district schools, as opposed to an independent organization. The national scope of the PTA allows for additional resources to be called in when financial questions arise.
ORIGINAL STORY: The former treasurer of the Indian Knoll Elementary PTA and the Sequoyah High School Girls Soccer Booster Club has been arrested and charged with two counts of theft, authorities say.
According to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, Kim Turman, 40, of Canton, allegedly stole $12,448.61 from the Indian Knoll PTA between 2011 and 2012. Turman is also suspected of stealing $5,882.51 from the booster club in 2012.
Both organizations allegedly victimized by Turman cooperated fully with the authorities during the investigation into the thefts, the Sheriff's Office said.
Turman has been charged with two counts of felony theft by taking, and was released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Monday evening on a $52,000 bond.