Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Former Teacher In Florida Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $157K In Fraudulent Reimbursement Scheme

From WCTV on 2/19/14:

A former Leon County school teacher who pled guilty to grand theft will spend a year in jail and pay back thousands of dollars in restitution to the school system.

Tammy Bennett was accused of stealing money from Chiles High School where she was a teacher and worked on the yearbook program.

Investigators said she would make up reimbursements for herself that ended up being false claims, such as: travel, equipment purchases and supply purchases.

Her attorney said she was guilty for some of the false reimbursements, but said some of the missing money came from a bookkeeping mistake.

Auditors estimate she cost the school district close to $200,000. At her sentencing Tuesday afternoon, the judge sentenced Bennett to 11 months and 29 days in jail and ordered her to pay back an amount just short of $157,000 between Leon County Schools and a yearbook insurance company.


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