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Christine Flood-Liggon, 55, as a former Bruton High School bookkeeper, was the only person to handle cash and checks. Bruton Principal Arletha Dockery reported suspected theft when she noticed several years of cash deposits missing from school accounts.
When Flood-Liggon was confronted about missing money, she said that she made a mistake and later was fired. Later Dockery found an Amazon statement, records state and she did not recall the school having an Amazon account. The account was created “under the guise of purchasing for (Bruton High School)” and Flood-Liggon also obtained a line credit with Amazon. Dockery said Flood-Liggon was not authorized to make purchases for the school or obtain credit in the school’s name.
Flood-Liggon was sentenced to 26 years in prison, with all but three years suspended. “Ms. Flood-Liggon stole from the very students she was there to serve,” said Bill Bowen, the York County School Division CFO. “Her illegal actions impacted the potential opportunities for hundreds of students at Bruton High.”
School division’s finance department provided more training to Bruton staff to ensure they follow established procedures.