$13K in casino ATM withdrawals from Baltimore Community HS account; ex-principal charged
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – The former principal of Baltimore Community High School is facing charges including multiple counts of felony theft and misappropriation by a fiduciary, according to the State Prosecutor.
On Monday, three indictments were returned charging 44-year-old Leslie Lewis, of Owings Mills, with theft of money and property from Baltimore Community High School. Leslie is charged with three counts of theft, two counts of misappropriation by a fiduciary and one count of conspiracy to commit theft, and her coworker who was a former teacher at the school, Albert Fluker, 45, of Randallstown, is also charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft.
According to charging documents, while Lewis was working as the school’s principal, she allegedly stole approximately $13,409.28 from a PNC bank account she herself had set up for Baltimore Community High School. The money came from school uniform, supplies and snacks sales, class dues payments and graduation fees. She’s accused of using an ATM card linked to this school account to make 49 withdrawals from ATM machines at Maryland Live Casino.
Lewis is also accused of using “deceptive purchase orders” to steal more than $40,000 worth of technology from the Baltimore City Public Schools through their internal purchasing system.
Furthermore, prosecutors say Lewis and Fluker conspired to steal four flat screen TVs from the high school.
“There is no one more trusted and relied upon in the school system than a school principal,” State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt says.
“The betrayal of that trust by Ms. Lewis is monumentally offensive and cannot be tolerated.”
Although charged, both are presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction. The case was referred by the school system’s Office of Legal Counsel.