Plea deal possible for woman accused of stealing from PTO
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org April 23, 2013 2:58PM
Updated: June 23, 2013 1:47AM
The Grayslake woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a school’s PTO fund may not go to trial for theft charges.
Elizabeth Bako, 41, is accused of taking more than $10,000 from Frederick School while she was the PTO’s treasurer. She was in court Tuesday, April 23, before Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti.
“We are working on a restitution figure at this time,” Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Turk said.
Turk said he and Bako’s attorney Christopher Lombardo were discussing resolving this case with a plea deal. He could not disclose any details about possible terms.
Bako has pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft.
The Grayslake fifth and sixth grade school’s PTO fund started with a zero balance at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, officials said.
The school’s current PTO has raised about $20,000 this year to replenish the funds, PTO president Katie Rasmussen said Tuesday.
“We’ve done a really good job this year raising the deficit she left, and we’re working really hard to get the kids what they need,” Rasmussen said.
She attended Bako’s hearing Tuesday.
Bako was arrested Sept. 7 and posted bond the same day. She is barred from having contact with Frederick School as part of her bond conditions.
However, Rossetti granted her request to attend a Frederick School concert May 21. Bako’s daughter is in the school choir, Lombardo said.
“Several people on the victim’s side will be attending as well. I would ask the defendant not be allowed to have any contact with (them),” Turk said.
Rossetti agreed to modify Bako’s bond.
Bako is due back in court May 29.