12 On Your Side: PTO treasurer with criminal history did not have background check

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email
Connie Boisclair

Connie Boisclair is accused of stealing over $20,000 from the North Augusta Middle Scho

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The treasurer for North Augusta Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization has a history of federal crimes.

Connie Boisclair pleaded guilty more than 20 years ago after federal prosecutors said she stole Social Security and veterans' checks from the elderly. Boisclair was working as a bookkeeper at a nursing home when the crimes took place. She was sentenced to 33 months behind bars and ordered to pay nearly $75,000 in restitution.

Richard Goolsby prosecuted Boisclair. He says it's a case he will never forget.

"A man with no arms and no legs, wheelchair bound and when he entered the nursing home this poor man had a paper bag containing $455," he said. "After he got there, his $455 was stolen."

The now 57-year-old Boisclair is in trouble again, but this time she's accused of stealing from a younger generation.

Investigators say Boisclair took more than $38,000 from North Augusta Middle School's PTO. This money was supposed to go to school programs and a new school bus awning.

Boisclair became treasurer for the PTO just nine short months ago.

"The kids save up money, we always donate money to the school for computers it just took my breath away when I found out about it -- I couldn't believe it," said Maryann Michael as she was waiting to pick up her child at the school.

School officials say background checks are only required for employees and volunteers who work around children. Volunteers who are not around children are not checked.

Boisclair is now out on bond.

News 12 tried to reach her at her home, but no one answered the door.

School officials say they will be recommending that the PTO conducts background checks on all volunteers in the future.

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