The former chief operating officer at a Paterson charter school will no longer be allowed to gain employment as a school official after she pleaded guilty to embezzling $75,000.
The suspect is a 53-year-old woman from Paterson, New Jersey. According to authorities, she stole more than $75K from the Community Charter School of Paterson.
The suspect had access to the funds because she served as the chief operating officer and board secretary of the Paterson, NJ school, which meant that she oversaw the school payroll.
The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with theft by deception. She later reached a plea agreement with Passaic County prosecutors. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to the theft charges, prosecutors agreed to recommend that she be sentenced to Drug Court to treat her drug addiction problems instead of serving time in prison.
Now the suspect has also surrendered her certificate for holding school employment in New Jersey.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “School Administrator Who Stole $75K Gives up Job Certificate.”