Former Chinook PTSA treasurer pleads not guilty to embezzlement
By JOSHUA ADAM HICKS
Bellevue Reporter Former Staff Writer
May 22, 2010 · Updated 9:03 PM
Note: A quote by Tony Williams from a Dec. 14, 2009 story about the case, has been deleted from this story.
Former Chinook PTSA treasurer James "David" Glass pleaded not guilty Wednesday to embezzling tens of thousands last year from an account he managed.
Prosecutors have charged Glass, a Clyde Hill resident, with felony theft for allegedly pilfering over $63,000 from the parent-teacher group.
Chinook PTSA board members first became suspicious of Glass when they learned that the group's account was down to $400.
The board later found a debit card in Glass' name, along with unauthorized transactions that included motel and hunting-license charges in South Dakota, a payment at Kenmore Shooting Range, and checks payable to Glass' wife, according to prosecutors.
The group also learned that Glass had transferred over $25,000 from its annual fundraising drive to his own company, the marketing research and strategy firm Ten Acrea LLC, prosecutors said.
Glass admitted to the PTSA board in November that he took funds from the group's account, and charging papers say he repaid $64,125.
Glass has served as a coach and youth director for Bellevue Boys Lacrosse.