Former PTO president arrested on felony theft charges

Former PTO president arrested on felony theft charges
By: Carly O'Keefe
CARTERVILLE, Ill. - Felony theft charges are filed against a former Parent-Teacher Organization president in Carterville. Williamson County court documents allege former Tri-C P.T.O. President Amy Turner stole $325 of P.T.O. funds. The documents say Turner stole the money in May, 2006.
The Williamson County State's Attorney's Office issued a warrant for Turner's arrest Friday. Turner was processed for the crime at the Williamson County Jail Wednesday.
We spoke with turner briefly at her home Wednesday evening. She said her lawyer had advised her not to talk about the case. Turner's attorney, Keith Kibler of Marion declined comment beyond a statement of Turner's innocence. "My client is innocent and has been wrongly charged. I intend to prove that," said Kibler.
According to current Tri-C P.T.O. President Kevin Hunsperger, the $325 mentioned in court documents was used by Turner to pay a personal electric bill. Hunsperger also said Kemper CPA Group conducted an audit on PTO funds last year. Through that investigation, Hunsperger said, a couple thousand dollars was found to be missing.
Carterville School District Superintendent Tim Bleyer was not available for comment. Tri-C Elementary School Principal Charles Harris declined comment.