Two Middle School Employees Accused of Pocketing Thousands Of Dollars

West Monroe, La. -- - A state audit alleges two employees at West Ridge Middle School may have pocketed thousands of dollars after nearly $22,000 disappeared from the school's bank account.

The first case goes back to 2013. 

Reports show that nearly $12,000 disappeared, money collected for the students to travel Disney World.

Teacher and trip sponsor, Jodie Dean, was responsible for the collections, but said she didn't take the funds. 

We talked to Ouachita Parish Schools Superintendent Don Coker who wouldn't go on camera, but he did tell us, "it is a personnel issue and that he would let it proceed through the D.A.'s office."

In a second case, more than $10,000 went missing from May 2014 to May 2015. 

Reports said Stacey Rodgers, West Ridge's former book keeper, was responsible for depositing these funds. 

Investigators said Rodgers may have broken the law by falsifying public records.

The audit said Rodgers told investigators that money deposited to her personal accounts from was a side business.

As for what's next, the school district is given recommendations. The board will review the findings and take whatever actions it deems appropriate. 

 


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