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Frederick PTO Treasurer Charged With Felony Theft

Former Frederick School PTO treasurer Elizabeth Bako has been charged with felony theft of PTO funds, according to a story posted by the Lake County-News Sun.

According to a story posted by the Lake County News-Sun, Elizabeth Bako, 40, of Grayslake, allegedly took more than $10,000 from the Frederick School PTO while acting as treasurer.

She is free on $2,500 bond pending an Oct. 18 court appearance, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

Grayslake District 46 Supt. Ellen Correll told Patch the district has no comment on the charges at this time because it is "still under investigation."

According to the Lake County News-Sun, the Bako arrest was made following a long, on-going investigation.

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Interested parent September 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Lenni, Jarret, you need to stop being a fire starter. Have you ever served on a PTO Board? I have, I am. I'm highly offended by your comments. If you don't have anything productive to add to these articles, you should err on the side of quiet. And if you have no proof, stop yelling that the sky is falling.
Concerned D46 Prnt September 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The PTO has nothing to do with A/C in the other schools. They simply raise $ for activities at that particular school. The brick pillars is the Village, not the School Board. On another note, the PTO has nothing to do with taxes and those increases. . .again, that is the Village. . .I really hope this all works out in the favor of Ms. Bako because volunteering on these PTO's is a lot of work. We have to remember that this is still being investigated, according to the comment of E. Correll, so we do need to assume innocent until proven guilty. I do have to say, the article that was printed in the News Sun to which the Patch is referencing was very one sided and not backed by any police or State information - simply an unnamed source. . .I realize she was arrested, but that can be on simple probable cause that there was an issue with the books and she was the treasurer. A lot of people can have access to a PTO bank account. If they only had one name on the account, then shame on them for allowing that. . .again, I hope this all works out. It will be interesting to see what develops.
Tim Froehlig September 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Concerned parent: As a reporter myself, you are correct to say that someone is innocent until proven guilty. Having said that, let me also explain that sometimes there are things the arresting agencies share with the media that is not made privy to the public for fear it could jeapordize their case. If the police or the author of the article did not see firsthand evidence or feel there was overwhelming evidence, the author would not have written it the way she did, I'm certain, being quite familiar with her work. So all I will say is if this is somehow false, she will have every right to pursue legal action against the newspaper who printed it. From years of experience, however, let me say that these reporters and editors at that paper have never in my experience put themselves in that position, and I seriously doubt they would start doing so now without having has some sort of information shared with them that was not printed in the article. So to say it was not backed by any police information is almost certainly not true, even if you weren't privy to it personally. Just explaining. Thanks.
Concerned D46 Prnt September 16, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Good to know. Thanks for the insight.
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