Manitoba

Lunch lady stole money from Winnipeg school program, police say

A 39-year-old woman is facing theft and fraud charges after allegedly taking more than $24,000 from a school lunch program in Winnipeg.
The treasurer of the lunch program in a Winnipeg school was fraudulently withdrawing money for her own personal use between December 2013 and October 2014, police say. (Hans Pennink/Associated Press)

A 39-year-old woman is facing theft and fraud charges after allegedly taking more than $24,000 from a school lunch program in Winnipeg.

The woman was a volunteer program treasurer for Joseph Teres School in the River East Transcona School Division. Police say the woman withdrew money for her personal use between December 2013 and October 2014.

The police investigation was launched after the program's committee members became concerned about the funds. They conducted their own investigation, then notified police.

Superintendent Kelly Barkman says the school is discussing ways to ensure checks and balances are in place in the future.

The treasurer was arrested on April 16. She has since been released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

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