Ex-PTO treasurer pleads not guilty in theft

GREENFIELD — A McCordsville woman has pleaded not guilty to forgery and theft charges involving funds missing from a local school’s parent-teacher organization.

Marcy Smitley, 39, the former treasurer of the Fortville Elementary School PTO, appeared at an initial hearing before Hancock Superior Court 1 Judge Terry Snow on Wednesday. She faces 14 counts of forgery and one count of theft after school officials discovered $6,700 missing from the account, according to court documents.

Smitley is represented by Carmel attorney Adam Mears, who also is representing her in a case in Marion County, where she faces 20 counts forgery and one count of theft. That case involves more than $127,000 missing from an Indianapolis homeowners association that she was hired to supervise, according to court documents.

Each of 36 charges is a felony carrying a penalty of six months to 2½ years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.