April 17, 2015
Well what were they expecting?
Africans have lived entirely on charity for the last 3 centuries, why would they want to stop now?
A teaching job is not going to stop the habit of a lifetime.
A headteacher stole £3,500 of charity donations made by kids and parents.
Valerie Rutty wept as she was blasted by a judge for her ‘gross breach of trust’ while in charge at Irlam Primary School in Salford, Greater Manchester.
The money had been raised through non-uniform days and other school events for school trips and sports equipment.
Our sister paper the Manchester Evening News reports Rutty, who had no previous convictions, took £3,469 between December 2010 and last May.
She pleaded guilty to a single count of theft and was handed a suspended jail term.
Manchester Crown Court was told her theft emerged last August after an anonymous letter was sent to a member of staff saying she had been plundering the accounts.
Auditors were called in and documents and invoices seized.
Amendments to invoices were discovered.
One was from a landscape gardening company and Juliet Berry, prosecuting, said analysis of that document led auditors to examine the entire school’s accounts.
Invoices, cheque books and paying-in slips were assessed and fraudulent transactions found, the court heard.
Ms Berry said: “It became apparent that she had amended invoices by increasing the amounts and written out cheques for the difference which were paid into her account.
“There were nine transactions over a near four-year period.”
The highest payment was £475, with the lowest £170.
Rutty, of Warrington, Cheshire, was suspended at the beginning of the autumn term last year. She has paid all the money back.
In a statement to the court, the school said it was ‘in desperate need’ of the funds and staff and parents worked ‘very hard’ to raise the sum.
It added that it would have taken at least two years to raise the amount again.
It had been earmarked for improved play facilities and a drama stage.