Officials with the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office said a special investigation led to the arrest of a former bookkeeper at Sequatchie County Middle School.
Reports stated Rebecca Daughtrey was taken into custody for allegedly taking at least $18,322 from the school.
The incidents took place between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2012.
Investigators confirmed it’s possible more money was taken, but they added they believe Daughtrey got rid of or destroyed the records.
According to reports, Daughtrey stole fundraiser collections from the school. She also allegedly failed to deposit ticket money from at least six athletic events.
Authorities said Daughtrey kept the money for her own benefit.
“Schools are especially vulnerable to fraud, waste, and abuse when one person receives and deposits all the money collected,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “At the very least, an administrator should review the monthly bank statements. Unfortunately, Sequatchie County Middle School did not have these basic controls in place.”
Daughtrey was arrested and charged with theft over $10,000.
To view the entire special investigation, click here.
Anyone who has suspected fraud, waste, or abuse of public money in Tennessee has been asked to contact the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at 800-232-5454 or file a report online by clicking here.