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What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

battery-defense-lawyer_180x120The crime of the day involves six different criminal charges including fraud, grand theft, and official misconduct. According to a recent article in WPTV News, the principal of Plumosa Elementary School in Delray Beach has been arrested on these charges.

Priscilla Maloney is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of school furniture for a local business. Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe stated that she stole and misused school property. She allegedly stole a projector for her own personal use.

McAuliffe also said Maloney submitted false paperwork to be fraudulently reimbursed. Her crimes add up to one charge of organized scheme to defraud, two counts of grand theft, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of petit theft.

The Palm Beach County School District has since released a statement yesterday afternoon about the incident, according to WPTV News:

“As a result of the arrest of Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts Principal Priscilla Maloney, the school district has launched an employee relations investigation. Maloney has been reassigned to an administrative position (Virtual Schools office) pending the outcome of the investigation, which could lead to employee discipline.”

There were several comments following the online article expressing frustration towards the Palm Beach County School District’s decision about Maloney’s “discipline.” One such comment stated:

“She gets arrested, and still is allowed to work!!! Wow !!Only in P.B.C. can you steal from your job, and still get a paycheck!!!”

Fraud and Grand Theft Defense

In many cases, organized schemes to defraud and grand theft go hand in hand. If you have ever been charged with either of these crimes, the first thing you should do is speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

A criminal defense lawyer is the only person who understands the potential consequences of being charged with fraud and grand theft. These consequences can include but are not limited to court fees, paying restitution, a prison sentence, and a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.

Take some initiative and talk to a criminal defense lawyer.

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