VAN WERT — A former Van Wert City Schools teacher pleaded guilty Friday to a felony for her role in a crime committed against the schools.
Sandra Adams pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of property, a fifth-degree felony. She agreed to pay $13,224 in restitution to the school system. Treatment in lieu of conviction was granted and she was placed on probation.
Van Wert Police Department investigators conducted an investigation concerning the forgery of financial documents, the misuse of school property and the theft of money related to the yearbook fund, which Adams managed from 2008 to 2012, Van Wert Police reported.
There was an unexplained loss of money from the yearbook fund that was discovered during an audit. There also were several suspicious and unexplained expenditures and missing revenues generated from events such as the “Powder-puff” football games, admissions, concession sales and jersey sales, police officials reported.
A series of checks were issued to Adams for reimbursement of yearbook camps that were supposed to have occurred but did not. Adams requested reimbursement for the cost and she provided forged financial documents and fraudulent reimbursement payment requests to the school system. She was reimbursed for the camps, which no students attended, police officials reported.
Investigators also discovered the theft of yearbook ad donations. Adams purchased numerous Walmart gift cards on the school account, which she later used herself. School property such as cameras and an iPad were discovered to be involved with several pawn shop loan transactions, police officials reported.
Yearbooks that were about 100 years old belonging to the school system were sold and she did not have authorization to do so, police officials reported.