PTO charity gambling investigated after embezzlement

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Gaming Control Board is looking into an elementary parent-teacher organization’s charity poker games after an embezzlement case involving the group’s ex-treasurer.

Shannon Rosales, the former treasurer of the Cannonsburg Elementary PTC, pleaded guilty to attempted embezzlement and in February was sentenced to five years probation and restitution. She tried to steal some $21,000 from the PTC.

The state organization that monitors gambling, the Michigan Gambling Control Board, said Thursday that it is investigating Rosales, the Rockford elementary school and the PTC because Rosales was involved in the PTC’s “millionaire party” poker fundraisers between 2012 and 2014.

The MGCB said in a release that it is not accusing the school or PTC of any criminal wrongdoing, but that it can’t let “organizations without proper financial controls to run charitable gambling operations.” It says both organizations are cooperating with its investigation.

The MGCB said it will look into:

  • Rosales’s role in the management and/or conduct of the millionaire parties;
  • Whether the organizations properly managed the millionaire parties and complied with other sections of the law and rules;
  • Whether the organizations will be eligible for millionaire party licensing in the future.

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