A former director of economic assist at J. Sargeant Reynolds Neighborhood School in Virginia was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing state and federal monetary assist funds over nearly a decade, in keeping with a press launch from the U.S. Division of Justice.
Keisha Pope, who served in her position from 2006 to 2017, procured monetary assist for family and friends members and took a reduce of the funding, which she spent on procuring journeys and different private bills, in keeping with the indictment. Pope is accused of securing monetary assist for her son and ex-fiancé after they weren’t attending lessons on the school. She additionally supposedly falsified paperwork to justify the monetary assist disbursements, together with solid medical paperwork to counsel that her goddaughter didn’t meet tutorial necessities due to a breast most cancers prognosis, regardless of no such prognosis.
When confronted by school leaders about her relationship to a few of the monetary assist recipients in fall 2017, she allegedly denied realizing her son, goddaughter and cousin.
Pope faces a most of 20 years in jail if convicted of fraud and a compulsory two years in jail if convicted of aggravated identification theft.