Former Tappahannock Elementary PTO Leader Sentenced For Theft

A former Tappahannock Elementary School PTO leader has pleaded guilty to two theft charges. 49-year-old Debbie Farrow o Dunnsville pled guilty to petty larceny and embezzlement. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between January 1st, 2012 and July 30, 2013. In a plea agreement, Farrow was sentenced to 12 months in jail with all time suspended, 5 years good peace and behavior, as well as having to complete the Criminal Justice Services Program which allows Farrow to be subject to warrantless searches and seizures for the next five years. Farrow has also been ordered to pay restitution of $9,000 to the Tappahannock Elementary School PTO, and also must serve 14 days of another 12-month sentence for the embezzling charge, in the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center, then serve the remainder of her sentence in King and Queen County. The whole case comes after Farrow was given access to the PTO’s bank account at Union Bank & Trust in 2013 after her election as President of the group. After the Principal of Tappahannock Elementary noticed several odd charges on a bank statement for the organization, an investigation was begun. Almost $12,500 was discovered as improper charges. Farrow intially denied any wrongdoing, telling investigators that the card had been confused by her daughter with Farrow’s debit card.