Former school bookkeeper enters best-interest plea

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A former public school bookkeeper will be sentenced June 21 on her best-interest plea to stealing school funds.

The Johnson City Press reported 40-year-old Tabitha Tolley Street entered an Alford plea to charges of official misconduct and theft over $1,000 from Valley Forge Elementary School.

An audit found $8,500 from several fundraising collections at the school had been misappropriated and financial records were manipulated to conceal the thefts.

Under the plea entered Wednesday, Street does not admit guilt, but conceded the state has sufficient evidence to win a conviction.

Carter County Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp ordered Street to pay $500 in restitution to the school. She also must pay a $2,000 fee for a public defender and a fine of $25 plus court costs on both charges.

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