A judge Monday set bond at $5,000 for an employee of the Jackson County School District accused of embezzling thousands of dollars and merchandise from a nonprofit group.
County Court Judge T. Larry Wilson set the bond for Melanie Pankonin, 37, who is being held on a charge of embezzlement.
Pankonin, who lives in the St. Martin community with her son and her mother, had several people in the courtroom to show their support for her.
A grand jury indicted Pankonin last week, resulting in her arrest Saturday. She has no prior convictions.
Pankonin was vice president of the Grid Iron Club, a nonprofit group that raises money for the St. Martin High School football team, at the time of the alleged crime, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.
She is accused of embezzling up to $15,000 and merchandise from the club. Pankonin also served as a secretary at St. Martin Upper Elementary School.
Embezzlement carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
The investigation is ongoing.