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'Lunch lady' embezzled $260,000 before her death

The woman used the money to essentially finance her day-to-day life.

Posted: May 16, 2018 7:31 AM

An investigation revealed a beloved lunch lady at a Virginia school embezzled more than $260,000 before her death last year, WSET-TV in Roanoke reported.

Lenora Williams directed food services at Radford High School for years before she passed away late last year at the age of 61.

It was only after her death that major financial discrepancies were discovered in an account supervised by Williams.

An investigation by Virginia State Police revealed that in the past 10 years $173,366.24 of unapproved charges were made on a debit card from the account, $11,804.84 in unapproved checks written from the account, and $76,123.66 was missing from cafeteria money deposits for a grand total of $261,295.24.

Receipts for the debit card purchases revealed Williams used the card to pay for groceries, utilities, taxes, gasoline, and even purchases on Amazon.

WSET referenced investigators when they reported she "embezzled by falsifying audit reports, taking money from student meal plans, and inflating numbers for the free and reduced lunch program."

The investigation revealed employee concerns brought to administration who dismissed them. It also revealed no other district employees were involved in the embezzlement.

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