A former Reynoldsburg PTA president will be arraigned in Franklin County Common Pleas Court Aug. 6 on fourth-degree felony charges of theft.

A former Reynoldsburg PTA president will be arraigned in Franklin County Common Pleas Court Aug. 6 on fourth-degree felony charges of theft.

Gail Takacs, 49, of 7003 Bartlett Road, was indicted July 8 by a Franklin County grand jury in connection with the theft of $14,300 from the Hannah Ashton Middle School PTA.

The indictment was sought after a lengthy investigation conducted by Reynoldsburg police officer Dave Burks.

Police Lt. James O'Neil said the initial report of the theft was made Nov. 27 by Reynoldsburg schools treasurer Mitch Biederman.

O'Neil said police believe the thefts began on June 7, 2005, and went on for about two years before anyone became aware of them. He said Burks conducted 28 different follow-ups during his investigation since November.

"It gives you an indication of how many contacts he had to make and different things he had to catalog the report itself actually fills up two full binders," O'Neil said.

Instead of arresting Takacs, Reynoldsburg police sent the investigative report straight to the grand jury, which decided on a direct indictment.

Reynoldsburg Superintendent Stephen Dackin said he would be both saddened and outraged if the allegations are found to be true.

The Hannah Ashton PTA, which does not receive any public money, was an independent organization with no contractual relationship with Reynoldsburg City Schools.

According to a press release from the district, Biederman became suspicious that PTA funds might have been improperly handled after being alerted by Hannah Ashton Middle School principal Tina Thomas-Manning.

According to the press release, Thomas-Manning had received no donations from the PTA for a protracted amount of time so she requested financial documentation. When she received none, she asked Biederman for assistance.