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Former PTA member sentenced after stealing thousands
by Caroline Young
June 05, 2013 09:18 AM | 1668 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former E.Rivers Elementary School PTA member Maryam Arjomand took a negotiated plea last week and was sentenced to 10 years to serve 90 days in jail.

Last year, she was arrested and charged with a felony count of theft by taking, for stealing at least $85,000 from the school’s PTA Foundation.

“We believe it may have been up to $100,000, maybe more. A lot of it was cash donations and things we can’t account for,” said Tiffany Harlow, Zone 2 community prosecutor, Tuesday at the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B’s monthly board meeting at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead.

Since her initial arrest last year, Arjomand paid most of the money back, Harlow said.

“She’s written a letter of apology to parents, the school board and any donors the school had,” Harlow said. “It was a very interesting plea.”

Harlow said a past PTA board president was present at the trial to give victim impact statements, and explained how negatively the incident affected the school, including a drop-off in donations.

“They’re trying to get the trust back up,” Harlow said.

Harlow said Arjomand was not treated as a first offender, and she is required to complete 200 hours of community service.

“She cannot hold a position of fiduciary trust for the remainder of her sentence which includes working for a school, bank, or with the elderly,” Harlow said.

In other news, the board unanimously voted to support a plan presented by Eagle Scout Sam Porter to construct a community garden in Frankie Allen Park in the Garden Hills neighborhood in Buckhead.

Atlanta City Parks must approve the plan for Porter to move forward.

“I’m planning to build eight boxes, or maybe up to 10 or 12, because we have gotten a lot of support,” Porter said.

He said he wants to build a wooden picket fence to surround the garden, and put up a bulletin board for announcements and information. The garden boxes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Also at the meeting, Maj. Van Hobbs, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, said crime has been down every week for the past six weeks, as well as a 14 percent reduction in crime over 28 days, totaling 33 robbery-related crimes.

He said the department is diligently preparing for Fourth of July.

“We’re going to run manpower like we did with the Final Four event,” Hobbs said. “It was very successful. We had a lot of officers on the street.”

He said officers will be in full force at the Peachtree Road Race, as well as the three major city events at night, including the Braves game and fireworks at Turner Field, the fireworks show at Centennial Olympic Park downtown, and Lenox Square’s fireworks show in Buckhead.

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