New Hampshire postmaster charged with embezzling funds from local PTO

The Claremont NH Eagle Times reports that the postmaster of Claremont has been charged with embezzling money from the local Parent/Teacher Organization:

CLAREMONT — A former member of the Claremont Middle School Parent/Teacher Organization is free on personal recognizance after being arrested and charged with felony theft.

Police arrested Rebecca S. Remick, 40, of 35 Citizens St. in Claremont, Monday morning after a lengthy investigation into allegations she stole more that $2,000 from the PTO savings account.

“Obviously, I regret all of it,” Remick said Tuesday.

Remick, Claremont’s postmaster at the United State Post Office on Broad Street, has since paid back all the money she allegedly took from the account. She blamed tough financial times for the incidents.

“I had to feed my kids,” she said.

According to USPS records, Remick’s annual salary is $76,167.

The thefts reportedly started sometime in September of 2012 and continued through to March of this year, when they were discovered and Remick was removed from her position. The thefts were discovered first by staff at the Claremont Middle School who were working with a bank.

McGoodwin said the money was raised by students and parents and used for activities like field trips or school assembly programs, as well as for equipment for student sports teams that was not in the regular budget.

“The (PTO) savings account is created by caring parents,” Superintendent Dr. Middleton K. McGoodwin said.

Remick, who has worked for the postal system for 16 years, said she never did anything illegal in her role as postmaster. Claremont Police Capt. Colby Casey said city detectives have alerted the United States Postal Service about the arrest and investigation, but he said there is no evidence of Remick’s thefts extending to the post office.

If convicted, Remick faces anywhere from 7 to 15 years in prison. She is due for an arraignment in the Fifth Circuit Court — Claremont District Division on Aug. 25.

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