Russell Sharifi, former Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association president, was indicted May 15 on the charge of felony embezzlement.
Sharifi, 41, of Ashburn, is charged with embezzling $13,000 from the organization. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the information came to light in March after unauthorized charges were discovered in the PTA’s financial records.
“The PTA Executive Board wishes to reassure the Creighton’s Corner community that we remain focused on providing outstanding support to our school’s staff, families and students,” said current CCEPTA President Beth Cook in an emailed statement. “We urge our parents and community to continue to rally behind our PTA and school as they always have, and to help us prevent recent unfortunate events from obscuring our shared mission to provide the best outcomes for our children and our school.”
The sheriff’s office says the money was embezzled between September 2015 and February 2016 during Sharifi’s tenure as PTA president.
Wayde Byard, public information officer for Loudoun County Public Schools, said while the PTAs support the schools, they operate independently of the school division. “LCPS is not involved in any financial oversight,” he added.
This is a developing story; more will be reported as it’s learned.