Former Morris Central School District treasurer accused of stealing $22K in federal funding

MORRIS, N.Y. – A former employee at the Morris Central School District is accused of diverting and stealing more than $22,000 in federal school funding.

The district’s former treasurer, 47-year-old Kristina Hand, of Morris, was arrested on Thursday and charged with federal program theft, for allegedly stealing checks that were made payable to the school district from 2018-19. The district received more than $10,000 in federal funding both years.

According to the Department of Justice, Hand was terminated in February of 2020, after school officials discovered the alleged theft.

Hand was in court Thursday, where she was released to appear at a later date.

She is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

This case is being investigated by the FBI, New York State Police, and the Office of the New York State Comptroller, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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Former education head, contractors accused of fudging bids

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Locked doors and a notice regarding COVID-19, greeted reporters at the Mississippi Department of Education offices in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, March 19, 2020.

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A former top official at the Mississippi Department of Education and three contractors who worked with the agency are being accused by the federal government of stealing thousands of dollars from the state of Mississippi by manipulating the bidding process for contracts and inflating costs.

The government alleges that, while acting as executive director of the Office of Educator Quality in the Department of Education from 2013 to 2016, Cerissa Renfroe Neal stole $42,000 from the state and granted contractors she conspired with more than $650,000 in state contracts, including federal funds the U.S. Department of Education granted to Mississippi.

Neal, 45, of Madison County, was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery, U.S. Attorney

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