Parents warn their kids to stay away from bullies who steal lunch money. But it looks like the biggest bully at Sleepy Hollow Middle School is a staff member.
Carol Ressa, secretary for the school’s principal, has allegedly stolen $10,000 over the past six years.
Ressa has been taking from funds meant for school lunches, the school yearbook, and the annual class trip to Washington D.C., according to the Journal News.
She has now been on paid leave for more than two months during the investigation.
During Ressa’s first court appearance earlier this week, the district attorney’s office said the secretary had stolen various checks and money orders, and deposited the funds into her personal bank account.
Ressa was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree grand larceny as a public corruption crime.
While she has pleaded not guilty, she faces a one to 15-year sentence if convicted.
When the school district finally realized the money was missing, they contacted the county DA, but not the police, who were unaware about the situation for a month.
Parents and students shouldn’t have to worry that their hard-earned money is being taken out from under them. But they should feel empowered to use tools like FOIL to hold their public officials accountable.
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