Former Frederick PTO Treasurer Pleads Not Guilty to Theft

Elizabeth Bako plead not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday.

At an arraignment hearing in Lake County court Wednesday, former Frederick School PTO treasurer Elizabeth Bako pleaded not guilty to felony theft, according to the Daily Herald.

Bako, 41, of Woodland Drive, Grayslake, was indicted Nov. 21.

Bako is charged with two counts of felony theft. One count is for theft of $10,000 to $100,000. The second count is for theft of $500 to $10,000, according to the Lake County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Bako is accused of stealing from the Frederick School PTO between April 2011 and May 2012, while she was serving as treasurer.

Bako is also charged with using a debit card with intent to fraud, reports the Daily Herald.

At the hearing, Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti said Bako was not permitted to have contact with PTO members or the District 46 School Board, nor is she allowed on Frederick School property aside from attending a holiday concert this month, reported the Daily Herald.

A tentative trial date has been set for March 18, with both sides due back in court on Feb. 19, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Bako remains free on $2,500 bond.

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Mari December 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
This makes me really sad! As a parent feel like if this is true that this women stole from our whole community! The PTO is a wonderful source of fundraising for the kids in our schools. It would be a shame that one person could give a bad name to a great organization that has provided teachers and students with funds to do things they otherwise could not. What a shame “One bad apple spoils the bunch”. Thank you to all those people that are HONEST volunteers! We appreciate all you do for our community!
Mari December 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I don't know much about Elizabeth Bako, but as a parent of children in the school district you have prompted me to seek more information about this women seeing you state she has been part of the PTO for years. What I did find on this very site was interesting. ON May 20th, 2011 while speaking about school board issues she blogged: "Not that it is any of your business, but what I teach my children is that sometimes even good people make mistakes or errors in judgement. When this happens, those people have to pay the price or suffer the consequence of their actions. I tell them to listen to their consicnce and they will most likely make the right choices. I tell them to think of others, don't be mean, selfish or hurtful. Does that help?" If she is indeed guilty this is pretty interesting, maybe she should take her own words to heart and like you said don't waste taxpayer’s dollars and resolve this! It’s hard get indictment on such charges ,as far as I know without pretty good evidence. Interestingly she posted this while she was alleging dipping her hands in the Fredrick PTO cookie jar.
Angela Sykora (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Editor's Note: To be fair and ensure the information Mari refers to is correct, I have verified the comment was made by Elizabeth "Lisa" Bako, but it was from an article posted May 18, 2011, not May 20. http://grayslake.patch.com/articles/bending-the-rules-or-breaking-the-law#comments
Tony February 14, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I will be interested to learn how this plays out on Monday. I wonder if district 46 board member and secretary Gift Card Sue Facklam will be in court supporting her old pal and supporter Elizabeth "Lisa" Bako....
Tony February 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Big day today Lisa. Please be sure to update the story.
Concerned D46 Prnt February 20, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Did anyone hear anything? I did hear that it was continued because States attny had not gotten all the paperwork over to her attny yet. . .but wanted to see if there was anymore to it or if I heard right/wrong.
Tony February 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Any updates?
Parent February 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Judge set trial date of March 13. I'm confused, since the trial had been previously set for March 18. Maybe someone at the Patch can confirm.


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