Update in Schools Theft
The former business manager of a District school for emotionally disturbed elementary students pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding the school's chess club. Sandy Jones, 40, told U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts that she had raided the club's account repeatedly for her own benefit: writing unauthorized checks to herself, using a debit card at ATMs and withdrawing cash at bank counters. The money Jones stole had been donated to help students in the chess club at the Moten Center in Anacostia attend a tournament in Nashville in 2003. Jones's sentence could range from probation to 10 years in prison.
In a story published earlier this month, reporters David S. Fallis and April Witt described dozens of instances in which D.C. public school employees or others have stolen or misused student activity money. The funds are collected by schools from vending machines, sports events and other activities, and take in as much as $6 million annually. The Post investigation into the thefts is part of a year-long examination of the D.C. public schools and why they have remained troubled despite several major reform efforts.
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