Ex-PTA leader's trial begins

The prosecution describes the case of a former PTA president accused of identity theft as a straightforward tale of deception with 57 victims. Full Story
Mike

Mesa, AZ

#1 Jun 4, 2008
WOW.....
Aries

Downey, CA

#2 Jun 4, 2008
Mike wrote:
WOW.....
The "prosecution". Dont start crap again, we've had enough narrow minded, one sided, gossip mongoring blogs here in La Mirada to last a life time. I bet there will be no article written when the defense has had it's side heard.
LM Parent

Encino, CA

#3 Jun 5, 2008
Aries wrote:
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The "prosecution". Dont start crap again, we've had enough narrow minded, one sided, gossip mongoring blogs here in La Mirada to last a life time. I bet there will be no article written when the defense has had it's side heard.
And all we will hear is:
"I didn't do it"
"It's not mine"
"They made me do it"
"I am a victim too"
"I don't know how that got there"
" I don't remember"
"I didn't know that was illegal"
"Someone set me up"
"The police set me up"

Then when those don't work:
"Think of the children"
"What about my children"
"Don't destroy a family"

The only thing that all should consider is something my mother once told me:

"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time"
enough is enough

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jun 5, 2008
this must be the hardest time in kellys life.along with her family.after today i will no longer read these blogs.i dont agree in what shes done but this is enough..for her family wouldn't it be cool if all was left alone ?at least give her her days in court.my heart is sad for everyone involved.i wish her family well and most of all peace of mind for her.
LM Parent

Encino, CA

#5 Jun 5, 2008
Ex-PTA leader's trial begins
By Ruby Gonzales, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 06/03/2008 10:59:03 PM PDT
NORWALK - The prosecution describes the case of a former PTA president accused of identity theft as a straightforward tale of deception with 57 victims.
The defense hints that there is more to the story than meets the eye.
Opening statements were held Tuesday at Norwalk Superior Court in the trial of Kelly Coleen Mahaffey, a former La Pluma Elementary PTA president. The school in La Mirada is part of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.
Mahaffey, 44, has been charged with grand theft of a $4,650 check belonging to her neighbor's daughter, possession of methamphetamine, multiple identifying information theft, theft of access card information with intent to use it fraudulently, grand theft of lost property (the check), second-degree commercial burglary, forgery, and nine counts of identity theft.
She had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.
"This is a story of deception; that is what this case is about," said Deputy District Attorney Lalit Kundani. "This is a straightfoward case. No tricks."
Deputies searching Ma- haffey's La Mirada home May 17, 2007, found methamphetamine, a torn check and three notebooks.
Two notebooks contained the names of 57 people and their personal information such as addresses, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and birthdates.
Kundani said some of the alleged victims knew Mahaffey but many did not.
Kundani said he would focus on 14 victims
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- including Mahaffey's next-door neighbors, a La Pluma PTA member, that member's husband, their 6-year-old daughter and Mahaffey's deceased mother.
He said a credit card in the mother's name was found in Mahaffey's pocket. It was opened three weeks after the woman died, he added.
Defense attorney Simon Aval told the jurors that a PowerPoint presentation and comments by the prosecution aren't evidence. He reminded them that evidence is what they will hear in testimony.
"Keep an open mind. Listen to the evidence," Aval said.
He said his client was not the person who committed the fraudulent activities.
The case started last year when Andrea Wolcott filed a police report May 1. While she no longer lived with her parents, who are the next-door neighbors of Mahaffey, she said her mail is still sent to her parents' home, including statements on her mortgage with Countrywide Home Loans.
The mailboxes for both houses are located next to each other.
Wolcott testified Tuesday she didn't receive a February 2007 statement and paid the account by phone. Then she noticed in the March statement that her loan increased. A check for $4,650 had been made out on the account, payable to Mahaffey.
Sheriff's Detective Ted Caraisco said he asked Mahaffey on May 11 about the check that was deposited in her name and she could not offer an explanation.
Kundani said Mahaffey denied taking her neighbor's mail or depositing the check in her account.
David Castillo, financial fraud investigator for Washington Mutual Bank, said Mahaffey was the only one with access to her checking account. Bank records showed that a check for $4,650 was deposited in her account March 13 at 4:52p.m., he said. He was able to pull surveillance photos. Kundani displayed photos that showed Mahaffey making the transaction.
The trial continues today.
La Mirada PTA Mom

Tujunga, CA

#6 Jun 5, 2008
Some people will lie till their death bed. She was obviously caught...and red handed to. This lady is a hustler. I heard she didn't like alot of people and the evidence found in her home proves that. She's vindictive and a thief.....how disgusting to get a credit card in your deceased mother's name. Take your responsibility lady and get over it...You got caught! You obviously don't take blame very well and now your trying to put the blame on other people....good lesson for your children. Am I the only one that can see through this lady's scandal? Hopefully the juror's will see right through her circus act and give her what she deserves. For all the victims I hope justice prevails for you.
La Mirada PTA Mom

Tujunga, CA

#7 Jun 5, 2008
enough is enough wrote:
this must be the hardest time in kellys life.along with her family.after today i will no longer read these blogs.i dont agree in what shes done but this is enough..for her family wouldn't it be cool if all was left alone ?at least give her her days in court.my heart is sad for everyone involved.i wish her family well and most of all peace of mind for her.

To bad your not reading anymore, because it sounds like you've been fooled. Don't get caught up in her "woe is me" or trickery, she's nothing but a hustler that always gets what she wants. You sound like you need to keep reading because your thinking is out of wack. "Poor Kelly" ha! Poor Victims is what I say. She knew exactly what she was doing...and you really should know that. Don't feel sorry for her, she does a good job at that all by herself. I'm sure if your name and personal info. was in that book you'd be singing a whole different tune.
enough is enough

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jun 5, 2008
Im far from fooled....guess i just have a heart .Poor everyone....what is it doing for you to be so hateful?
Mike

Mesa, AZ

#9 Jun 6, 2008
have her on video, didnt know about that one. i feel sorry for all those people who trusted her. $4650 is not worth losing friends or freedom over....
Mike

Mesa, AZ

#10 Jun 6, 2008
Aries wrote:
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The "prosecution". Dont start crap again, we've had enough narrow minded, one sided, gossip mongoring blogs here in La Mirada to last a life time. I bet there will be no article written when the defense has had it's side heard.
i would love to hear the defense to those charges and evidence........
BudH

La Puente, CA

#11 Apr 2, 2013
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