A high school teacher from Michigan stole around US$30,000 from the school fund and then spent all the money in gambling at a casino in Detroit.
Lydia Johnson (29) stole all the money from the Homecoming Dance fund of the school and from the fund which was reserved for the camping trip.
Johnson used to teach Spanish in the school before she got expelled for stealing of funds. She was also responsible for coordinating the different activities in the school.
On Thursday, she was charged by the police for embezzlement. It is a very serious offence considering that the amount was as high as $30,000.
As per the police authorities, Johnson was responsible for handling the ticket sales for the Homecoming Dance of the school. There should be around $30,000 worth of money with Johnson. However, she deposited only $11,000 in the account of the school.
Apart from the Homecoming Dance, Johnson was also responsible for handling the receipts and ticket sales for a trip to Camp Tamarack which was recently organised.
Around 60 persons went to that trip including both students and parents. As per the records, she should have collected around $13,000 for the trip. However, she deposited only 500 Dollars in the account of the school.
Because of the misuse of funds by Johnson, the camping repeatedly started calling the school authorities for their money. Because of this, the school officials decided to investigate into the matter, and even the Sheriff got contacted.
Later they found out that Johnson went to the MGM Grand Detroit Casino where she spent more than $90,000 on penny slots.
During the investigation, the school authorities were able to find the casino receipts and the cash envelopes. When the cash envelopes were opened, the police authorities found gambling receipts instead of money, which was a clear indication that Johnson was into gambling.
Lydia Johnson was a very reliable and respected figure at the school.
The principal of the Dakota High School, Paul Sibley also sent a letter to the parents informing them of the incident. However, in the letter, the name of the teacher wasn’t mentioned.
Johnson is charged with a felony for embezzlement of funds from a non-profit organisation. If found guilty, she can face up to 10 years in prison.
As of now, she is being released on a personal bond worth US$10,000. Her next court hearing is on 5th October.
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