Teacher Pleads Guilty to Stealing PTO Funds

Modified: March 9, 2016 4:40pm

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Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. announced that today, 44 year-old Patti Nabinger, of Buffalo, a technology teacher at Buffalo Public School 43, pleaded guilty to Attempted Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree before Buffalo City Court Judge Joseph Fiorella. 

Nabinger’s conviction stems from her misappropriation of money from the school’s Parent Teacher Organization’s bank account while serving as its volunteer treasurer.  The total loss to the Parent Teacher Organization was $3,530.82.  Nabinger’s embezzlement came to light in late August of  2015 when the Parent Teacher Organization’s bank account records were examined by one of its members.  After the defendant was placed on administrative leave by the school in early September, she repaid $3,000 to the organization.   Once the matter was referred to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Investigator Michael Nigrelli spearheaded a thorough investigation which concluded that an additional $530.82 was diverted from the organization’s account for her personal benefit.

Nabinger faces a maximum prison term of one year when she is sentenced by the Honorable Joseph Fiorella on April 1, 2016 at 9:30 am.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Jurusik, who is assigned to the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau.