School district investigates suspected embezzlement |

School district investigates suspected embezzlement

Cory Fisher

Lake Tahoe Unified School District officials are investigating the suspected embezzlement of thousands of dollars by a former employee.

According to Superintendent Rich Alexander, a former senior accounting technician for Child Nutritional Services may have embezzled the money before discrepancies were uncovered by the child nutrition director.

“We are currently conducting our own district investigation – with our own auditors,” Alexander said. “Once we’ve determined how much money is involved and how long it’s been going on, we’ll turn it over to the police department.”

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s office is expected to review evidence obtained by the district and South Lake Tahoe Police Department before deciding whether to prosecute. Alexander said he anticipates that charges will be filed.

The embezzlement appears to have taken place for at least a year, Alexander said, however the district’s bank is currently reviewing past checks on microfiche.

“Our business department is renewing its vigilance of all accounting procedures,” Alexander said. “We’re going to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

The school district does carry crime insurance, said Business Director Ralph Johnson. The district intends to file a claim after the total loss has been determined.

The alleged embezzler resigned in September, after roughly 12 years of working for the district in a variety of positions. The district is currently withholding the individual’s name pending further review.

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