The treasurer of a parent teacher organization in Monroe County has been charged with stealing funds from the group.

State police at Lehighton said Karen Steever, 44, of Kunkletown, has been charged with theft by deception and misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial insitutions.

According to troopers Steever was treasurer of the Eldred Township Elementary School Parent Teacher Association from about January 2008 to December 2009. Troopers said during that time she wrote and endorsed 26 checks for cash from the checking account of the treasury of the organization.

She then cashed the checks and returned no receipts or documentation of what the money had been used for. The checks amount totaled $3,842.