Trial date set for former PTO treasurer accused of theft
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org September 4, 2013 12:32PM
Updated: November 4, 2013 2:33AM
The judge in the case of a woman charged with stealing more than $10,000 from a Grayslake school PTO group warned prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case against using the woman’s daughter as a pawn.
“It’s getting ridiculous on both sides,” Lake County Circuit Court Judge Victoria Rossetti, clearly irritated, said Wednesday, Sept. 4, during a pre-trial hearing for former Frederick School PTO Treasurer Elizabeth Bako. “This child is not involved in this case and has to go to school.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Turk had told Rosetti that Bako had been to going to Frederick School to pick up her daughter although a condition of the bond was that she stay away from the school.
Defense attorney Christopher Lombardo said Bako had been allowed to pick her up during the past school year and that she felt she was in compliance.
Rossetti said Bako in the past had been given permission to pick up her child on certain dates and that she could still take the child to and from school but that she must remain in the car as she does so.
Rossetti also confirmed an Oct. 7 date for the beginning of Bako’s trial.
Bako is accused of taking more than $10,000 from Frederick School while she was the PTO’s treasurer. Due to the alleged 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, according to officials.