Tonya Taylor, 43, is the former president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School.
She's accused of stealing $50,000 over a four-year period from the PTSA fund. On Monday, she pleaded not guilty to those charges.
"She's been a dedicated volunteer to the community for over 15 years and she's done a lot of good for this school and the community. We're still going to be working with the government to try to resolve this matter and the accounting," defense attorney Victor Bakke said.
Taylor will go to trial in January. Prosecutors say she took the money between 2007 and 2011.
"It was reported by the PTA that they had discovered missing moneys and therefore we began the investigation," said Christopher Young of the Attorney General's Office.
The charges of theft and money laundering are felonies. Taylor could face 10 years in jail if found guilty.
Her attorney says she is cooperating with the government. The Attorney General's Office is taking a hard stance in the case.
"Unfortunately, a continuing story that the Attorney General was seeing that there are schools, that there are thefts from our schools, which we do not condone and we will go after whenever we are aware of it," Young said.
Taylor remains free until the January trial.
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