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Monroe woman charged with stealing from PTO rejects plea deal

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Sarah Chiarelli

BRIDGEPORT  — A Monroe woman charged with embezzling her local parent-teacher organization is headed to trial after rejecting a plea deal in a dispute over just how much she allegedly stole.

A lawyer for Sarah Chiarelli said in court Thursday that his client does not deny stealing money from the Monroe Parent Teacher Organization when she was treasurer, but she does deny embezzling $45,000, the amount she would have to repay under the deal.

Under the deal, Chiarelli would have not served any prison time if she repaid the $45,000 in full.

The Connecticut Post  reports that a judge warned her that if she went to trial she risked a prison sentence.

Authorities say she used the stolen money to pay for personal expenses, including a trip to Disney World.