Michigan teacher accused of embezzling $30,000 from school.

Michigan teacher accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from school.

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Michigan teacher accused of embezzling $30,000 from school.

Lydia Christine Johnson, 29, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of “embezzling from a non-profit organization” after she was accused of taking $19,000 from the Dakota High School. The teacher was also blamed for stealing $12,500 from a trip to Camp Tamarack that students and parents paid to attend. The grand total is $31,500.“Johnson also oversaw ticket sales and receipts for a 2016 sixty-person student-and-parent trip to Camp Tamarack. “Johnson should have collected and deposited nearly $13,000 in fees. Only $500 was deposited with the school,” the office said. Johnson reportedly used the school events funds to gamble at Detroit’s MGM Casino’s penny slots. The teacher spent more than $90,000 gambling in 2016, casino records showed. “This teacher held a position of trust within the high school,” said Prosecutor Eric Smith. “She repaid that trust by feeding student funds into a slot machine.”  If Johnson is found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison. Her next court date is Oct. 5 and her bond has been set at $10,000.

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  • August 30, 2018