Friday, December 5, 2014

Missouri School Food Service Manager Suspected In $250K Embezzlement Case

From on 12/4/2014:

CAMDENTON, Mo. — News broke in early October that a Camdenton High School food services employee was being investigated for allegedly pocketing students' lunch money. Camdenton R-III School District handed the investigation over to the Camdenton Police Department, and today Police Chief Laura Wright said she expects charges to be filed soon—possibly even this week.

On Oct. 27, 2014, the police issued a press release stating a food services employee had been terminated from the school's employment in September due to the allegations, and the department was looking into the matter. A review of all of the Camdenton R-III school board's executive sessions revealed the only employee terminated that month was Cassandra (Cassie) Franklin, who had worked in food service.

Franklin was terminated at the board meeting on Sept. 23, 2014. At the previous executive session on Sept. 15, the board had approved a 1/2-hour increase to Franklin's daily work schedule.
Franklin's son graduated from Camdenton High School in 2012.

The police department, however, would not confirm that Franklin was indeed the subject of the investigation. Early reports estimated the total allegedly stolen was $250,000 or more, but Chief Wright said the evidence suggests those numbers are incorrect. She did not indicate what a more accurate estimate might be.


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