Ex-Pittsburgh PTA leader pleads no contest to stealing $8,500 from anti-bullying programs


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PITTSBURGH — The former president of a Pittsburgh school Parent-Teacher Association has pleaded no contest to stealing more than $8,500 earmarked for anti-bullying programs.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1FR5NKs ) reports 65-year-old Lutual Love Sr. didn't comment after Thursday's plea in Allegheny County court. He'll spend six months on probation.

The district attorney contends Love commingled money from a Heinz Endowments grant with his own money, then accessed some at automatic teller machines at Rivers Casino, and used some for personal expenses at a pet store, funeral home and dry cleaners.

When he was charged last year, Love said, "I'm not guilty of anything, and it'll come out in court."

Some had criticized the community activist's role in the PTA, because he has convictions for drug possession in 1997 and aggravated assault in 1988.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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