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Alleged PTA theft stuns Middleborough

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The Middleborough public school district is reeling from news that two parents have been accused of embezzling as much as $30,000 from an elementary school Parent Teacher Association.

Sharon Ellis, a former PTA president, and Douglas Russell, a former PTA treasurer, are scheduled to be summonsed to court on May 22 to answer to criminal charges, according to Middleborough School Superintendent Roseli S. Weiss.

The allegations have rocked the school system, coming so unexpectedly to teachers, administrators, parents, and residents in the town of 23,116.

“Sharon and Doug are people who served the community. . . . Of course, it was a shock,” said Weiss.

Middleborough Police Chief Bruce Gates said the suspects will be arraigned in Wareham District Court and charged with larceny over $250, a felony.

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