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Ex-Auburn Elementary PTC chief makes first court appearance on theft charge

Traci Bucher pleads not guilty
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A former Auburn Elementary Parent Teacher Club president charged with embezzling from the group made her first appearance Tuesday in a Placer County courtroom.

Appearing at Roseville’s Bill Santucci Justice Center before Superior Court Judge Joe O’Flaherty, Traci Bucher pleaded not guilty to a charge of grand theft.

Bucher was arrested in August on allegations that she embezzled as much as $4,200 from the non-profit parents organization. The group raises money for supplies and activities at the North Auburn elementary school not covered by the Auburn Union School District budget.

Bucher is out on bail and has declined to talk about the case on the advice of her attorney.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported after her arrest that Bucher is alleged to have used a debit card while president of the non-profit club to misappropriate funds. The group’s yearly budget over the last several years has been about $30,000.

The grand-theft charge would cover a theft of more than $950.

During a session with Bucher that lasted less than two minutes, O’Flaherty set the case for a conference with attorneys at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 21 in Dept. 13.