Living Large At The District’s Expense

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Robin Lyons Blog Post Living Large At The District's ExpenseBLOG POST #175: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school business manager who embezzled $1.6 million.

The 50-something business manager worked for the rural school district for ten years before she put into place her embezzlement scheme. And the school district didn’t catch on for another ten years.

She made payments to herself and used district money for personal expenses. The accounting records were altered to show payments to legit vendors that never happened, and she changed payroll records showing employees had a higher income than they received. Those employees paid a total of more than $13,000 in income taxes to the IRS they didn’t owe.

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Extortion And Bribery At School

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On the heels of Black Friday—the biggest shopping/spending day of the year—I thought school employee extortion, and bribery might be fitting.

BLOG POST #168: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a ring of seven transportation employees.

Who’s Minding The Shop?

The employees worked for the city’s department of education (DOE), special education transportation division. Their jobs included setting the specifications for bus routes, overseeing bus routing bids from bus companies, securing transportation for field trips, and addressing vehicle safety issues found through random safety inspections.

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Abusive Teacher’s Last Pass

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Robin Lyons Blog PostHave you heard the term ‘Pass the Trash?’ I know of the practice, I didn’t know there was a name for it. In a nutshell, you have an employee whose work performance is substandard for whatever reason, they’re given the choice to resign or be fired. If they resign, their substandard job performance is withheld when the next employer checks references – due to ‘confidentiality’ requirements.

I remember we were told when a potential employer called for references we could respond with a “no” to the question, “Would you hire X again?” but could say nothing else as to why not.

BLOG POST #155: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a first-grade school teacher.

Résumé Of Abuse Begins

Sept. 1998- June 2010: Employed as a first-grade teacher with school #1.

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School Threats

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You maybe didn’t know the peak time for school threats and violence tends to be in the first or last trimester of the school year.

In my opinion, students who dread school for a myriad of reasons snap at the beginning of the new school year once they see school life is no better and maybe worse than the previous school year. During the spring semester, as school is winding down, bullying is in full swing.

Often, threats are a reaction rather than an objective. Regardless of the sad circumstances, school threats are a crime.

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Foiled Middle School Shooting

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A foiled school shooting plot is always a good thing. I wish there would be more press time and evaluation about what lead to the plot in the first place.

BLOG POST #148: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two middle school boys.

Hear Something—Say Something

When a student overheard a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old plotting a Columbine-style shooting for a specific Friday in January, the student reported the information to authorities.

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