Former Dundalk Middle School PTSA president sentenced
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:49
    The case involving the theft of funds from the Dundalk Middle School PTSA came to an end this week as Stacy Lee Baker, 41, of the 40 block of Kinship Road, was sentenced to a five-year jail term with four years suspended.
    Baker is the former president of the Dundalk Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) who pleaded guilty on Jan. 30 to the theft of over $4,000 from her school’s PTSA.
    She was arrested and charged with theft on June 18, 2013, after the treasurer of the PTSA reported that a candy vendor said it never received a $4,370 check due from the PTSA.
According to court records, the PTSA treasurer contacted the group’s bank and discovered that the $4,370 check had been cashed on May 17, 2013, a day after it had been written.
    After a copy of the check was provided, it was reported that it had been written to David Nagel, who is Baker’s fiancé.
    Baker met with the treasurer and a police officer and told them that “the funds must have accidentally been deposited into Nagel’s account.” Baker said she would talk to Nagel to find out what happened to the money.
    When the funds were not returned by June 14, the PTSA executive board (without Baker) held a meeting and decided to press charges against Baker and Nagel.
    A police officer visited Baker and Nagel’s home on June 18 and reported that Nagel was unaware of the situation.
    The officer said that Baker told him that Nagel was not involved and admitted that she had written Nagel’s name on the check and deposited it in their joint bank account.
    Baker told the officer that $4,370 was withdrawn from the account and she could not pay it back.
    Baker will serve one year and was also given three years supervised probation.