Friday, May 6, 2011

Newport News, Virginia schools secretary charged with embezzlement

Police charged a schools secretary today with embezzling $8,000 from the district's television station, according to a news release.

Sandra Sparks, 49, was suspended without pay today after police charged her with 17 counts of forgery, 17 counts of uttering and one count of embezzlement for incidents that occurred between July 2010 to April 2011, according to a police news release and the school system.
Sparks was hired as a secretary in November 2007 for the academic services department in the school administration building, said schools spokeswoman Michelle Price. She became secretary in the telecommunications center in July 2009.
On April 19, she was placed on administrative leave after a banking institution informed school officials there wasn't enough money in its account to cover a cashed check, Price said.
That same day, school officials notified police, who began a criminal investigation.
The telecommunications center houses the district's television station and an instructional program for high school students. The funds police said were embezzled had been set aside to buy headsets, microphones and other equipment for students to use at the station, the news release stated.
Sparks was arrested at her home in the 2900 block of Armistead Avenue, and is in custody at the Newport News City Jail.

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