Ex-treasurer's case continued

The Hickory woman accused of stealing money from an elementary school organization had her case continued in court.

Holly Lafone Specht, 30, is charged with stealing money from the Webb A. Murray Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization when she served as the organization's treasurer during the 2008-09 school year.

Specht was scheduled to appear in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, but her attorney, Mark Killian, appeared in her place.

Specht's attorney requested the case be continued, so he could obtain evidence relating to the investigation from third parties.

The prosecution didn't object to the continuance, and Catawba County Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin scheduled Specht's next court appearance for March 7.

She is charged with embezzlement by a public official, obtaining property by false pretenses and four counts of forging endorsement.

Specht allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the Murray Elementary PTO while serving as treasurer. She also reportedly purchased personal items from Sam's Club while using the PTO's money and forged the PTO's signature on checks made out to cash.

Specht turned herself into authorities shortly after being indicted on the charges in April. She was released from jail on a $4,000 unsecured bond.