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Woman Who Stole From PTA Back In Court

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-  A woman who went to prison for stealing one from a Parent Teacher Association was back before a judge Thursday. Julie Buchanan is accused of violating her probation.

Buchanan is the former President of the PTA at Granbery Elementary School. Six years ago she stole more than $160,000 from the PTA fund and went to prison.

Prosecutors said some of the money was supposed to help a cancer patient, who later died, but instead Buchanan used part of the funds on cosmetic surgery.

Judge Mark Fishburn sentenced Buchanan to fifteen years after pleading guilty, but was released two years later on probation.

Her probation contained special conditions including that Buchanan must stay away from financial transactions and she was not to have bank accounts.

Testimony on Thursday revealed she had a checking account and took out at least two loans.

"It's all irrelevant judge. Everything that's been said today is irrelevant, because this lady is just," defense attorney Tommy Overton told the judge.

The judge then reminded him of the court order not to have any involvement with financial institutions and told the attorney he was hearing all sorts of relevant testimony.

Buchanan's attorney told the court she didn't understand the conditions of the probation.

The judge has not ruled on the matter. Another court date is set for August 8 where more testimony will be heard.

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