Principal in test cheating scheme charged with stealing students' snack money

Principal in test cheating scheme charged with stealing students' snack money

POSTED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 3:34pm

The former Waterbury school principal who resigned as a result of an investigation into cheating on state mastery tests now faces criminal charges in an unrelated matter involving the school.

Waterbury police say 51-year-old Maria Moulthrop of Middlebury is charged with second degree larceny, accused of using more than $10,000 from the checking account of the school's Parent Teacher Organization for her personal use, including purchase of gift cards, car repair, an iPod, a flat-screen television, leaf blower, groceries and household supplies items.

Police say their forensic investigation began when Moulthorp was on administrative leave after the testing scandal at Hopeville School and the School Department learned she was operating a PTO account without Board of Education approval.

Police say money was deposited to the account from sale of snacks to students at lunch time, and other school fundraisers, even though school department policy specifically bars such sales. They found that some money from the account was used for the school and students, but that many of the purchases were not school-related.

Moulthrop is due in court July 9.

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