Wilton woman charged in PTSA larceny
A 42-year-old Wilton woman was charged on a warrant April 18 with first degree larceny in connection with unauthorized transactions from the Wilton High School PTSA account.
Police said after an extensive investigation it was found that the PTSA treasurer, Crismari Feliz, had allegedly stolen $24,008 by making unauthorized withdrawals, which she used to pay her personal credit card bills and car lease payments.
Feliz, of 116 Danbury Road, was released on $25,000 bond and will appear in court April 30.
The larceny complaint was made in January by the president of the PTSA.
The Wilton High School PTSA sent out the following letter Friday morning, April 20:
Dear Wilton High School Parents, Teachers and Community:
I want to share with you that the WHS PTSA bank account was the unfortunate target of improper activities. Approximately $25,000 of alleged fraudulent transactions were made in our account in the fourth quarter of 2017. However, our governance protocols and financial controls uncovered the situation and we proactively froze the account while working with the bank to retrieve the missing funds. All funds have been recovered and fully restored to our account (with the exception of $250).
I reached out to the Wilton Police Department immediately upon detecting the unauthorized removal of funds from the account. The WPD has been extremely responsive and will provide all further information on their investigation. I extend my deepest thanks to Detective Kip Tarrant, who has worked diligently conducting this case, and the Wilton Police Department.
Given your generosity in supporting the PTSA this year, please know that our Board will meet to evaluate any further protocols that may need to be made. We also will continue to work with the CT State PTA to further enhance financial security procedures. We have moved forward with all planned programs for the students: the PTSA co-sponsored the Dr. Suniya Luthar presentation on the results of the WHS student survey, sponsored the professional performances at the World Languages Festival and upcoming events on our schedule include the International Art Show, the FAPA Library Show, Real World Career Day, the PTSA Book Awards and memorable end-of-year Senior events.
Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.
WHS PTSA President