PTO, HOA embezzler given prison time, restitution

^ Posted Jan. 27

By Joe Beck

A woman convicted of embezzling from two parent-teacher organizations and a homeowners association was sentenced Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court to four years in prison and ordered to pay $119,312.40 in restitution to the victims.

Shawn Marie Bianco, 45, of 109 Georgetown Court, Stephens City, was sentenced as part of an agreement in which she pleaded guilty to 15 of the 26 counts originally filed against her.

She received four years on two charges and suspended two-year sentences on each of the remaining 13 charges to which she pleaded guilty. The plea agreement submitted to Visiting Judge Benjamin Kendrick also carries a 10-year probation sentence to be served after she completes the prison term.

Bianco had been president of the Bass-Hoover Elementary School parent-teacher organization, Robert E. Aylor Middle School parent/teacher organization and the Georgetown Court Homeowners Association. She was under investigation by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office for more than a year before she was indicted in February 2012.

Under the restitution portion of the sentence, she will pay $19,376.97 to the Aylor PTO, $32,315.29 to the Bass-Hoover PTO and $67,620.14 to the Georgetowne Court Homeowners Association.

Bianco's prison term won't start until 8 a.m. March 7 when she is required to report to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center under terms of the plea agreement reached between her lawyer, William A. Bassler, and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Andrew M. Robbins.

Robbins said in an interview Friday that Bianco's request for a period of more than a month before she starts serving her prison sentence was justified by her personal circumstances.

"Considering she was running a child-care business, and she has a family of her own and, she's going to be gone for four years, we didn't find that request to be unreasonable," he said.

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