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.

When the district superintendent became aware of budget irregularities, outside independent auditors were hired. The results were turned over to the FBI and IRS.

The former business manager was arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to felony mail fraud. The judge sentenced her to a little over five years in federal prison.

Her sentence included an order to pay more than $1.8 million in restitution. And she had to forfeit her assets to be liquidated (condominium, cars, trucks, boats, camping trailer, golf cart…).

She has petitioned the court to have her sentence reduced to home confinement and community service.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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