Former elementary school bookkeeper accused of misusing funds

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A elementary school bookkeeper is accused of misappropriating more than $8,000 over the span of eighteen months, according to an audit by the state comptroller's office.

Tabitha Street allegedly misappropriated $8,542 in various collections from the school and manipulated school records to cover it up, investigators found. She has been indicted on one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of official misconduct.

“It is always disappointing when someone abuses a position of public trust, particularly when that position involves handling of funds intended to benefit schoolchildren,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said.

She reportedly would take checks payable to the school and, instead of recording them into the school's computer accounting system, she would take cash cash from the schools deposits and use the checks to replace them. The comptroller's office called it check-swapping.

Street is also accused of failing to record and deposit at least $2,300 in cash collections from the school's 2009 gourmet fundraiser and 2010 Spring candy sale fundraiser.


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