Warrant: PTA president used school money to buy clothes, alcohol

By: Eric Philips

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MINT HILL, N.C. - Channel 9 uncovered search warrants that state an elementary school Parent Teacher Association president may have used the group’s money to buy clothes, satellite TV and alcohol. 

Eyewitness News anchor Eric Philips went through those court documents and tried to ask her about the accusations.
 
Christina Sawyer, 33, did not want to comment Thursday afternoon as she was leaving Lebanon Road Elementary in Mint Hill. 

Philips tried to approach her red SUV, and it pulled out of the parking lot and sped down the road to get away.
 
Search warrants obtained by Channel 9 allege Sawyer is under investigation for possibly stealing money from the PTA at Lebanon Road Elementary.

She was president of the organization from June 2014 until February 2015, according to warrants.

“That's our money going for our kids and to support the school, and it's wrong,” Samantha Birchfield, a parent, said.
 
Sawyer is under investigation for obtaining a debit card for the PTA’s account and using it to make purchases and cash withdrawals, according to warrants.
 
“Where was the accountability?” Doug Anderson, a parent, said. “Who's watching out? Just sad all the way around for a parent to be stealing from their own school.
 
Investigators are going through all account statements from the bank from the time period when Sawyer was PTA president. 

“It's very surprising,” James Lovett, a neighbor, said. “She's a wonderful young woman. Her husband is a super guy. They're great family people.”
 
Sawyer has not been charged as part of the investigation, but she is facing trespassing charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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