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Michigan Teacher Stole Homecoming Money to Gamble

This week a Michigan teacher was charged with stealing more than $30,000 from her school's bank accounts in order to gamble at a local casino.

Lydia Johnson was charged with embezzling from a non-profit organization by the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office this week. She stole $31,500 from the school, including $19,000 from the school's Homecoming fund and $12,500 from a camping trip fund. Johnson was a science teacher who oversaw the school's various activities until she was caught and suspended in May.

She spent a large portion of the money gambling at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. Casino records indicate that she gambled more than $90,000 in 2016 alone.

The Prosector issued a statement on the case, noting: "A search of Johnson's classroom revealed several homecoming cash deposit envelopes that were torn open but empty. Johnson's bank records also show 2016 cash deposits far in excess of her salary."

"Johnson also oversaw ticket sales and receipts for a 2016 sixty-person student-and-parent trip to Camp Tamarack. Johnson should have collected and deposited nearly $13,000 in fees. Only $500 was deposited with the school."

"This teacher held a position of trust within the high school. She repaid that trust by feeding student funds into a slot machine."


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