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15 months for stealing $279K from Va. school

A former administrator at Fairfax County's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for stealing more than $279,000 from student activity accounts to support her gambling habit, federal prosecutors announced.

Susan Thanh Litwin, 37, of Woodbridge, served as a finance technician for TJHS from January 2007 to March 2, 2010, and received and deposited funds from accounts that helped support sports, clubs and other school activities.

In May, Litwin pleaded guilty to theft from an organization receiving public funds.

In her plea agreement, Litwin admitted writing checks to herself and making withdrawals from school funds that she then deposited into her personal bank accounts.

She gambled with the money, traveled to Las Vegas and Atlantic City and paid down credit card and mortgage debt, she told federal investigators.

--Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  August 13, 2010; 4:01 PM ET
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What about restitution?

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 13, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Gambling problems and debt awareness. Odd juxtaposition of spending habits there.

Posted by: naltoidaddict1 | August 15, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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