(Waterbury, Connecticut) This week, the 51-year-old former principal at Hopeville School, Maria Moulthrop, surrendered to police to face larceny charges.
Moulthrop has been accused of stealing $10,186.21 from a Parent Teacher Organization's checking account.
She used the account to purchase items for the school and students, but also for her own personal use without Board of Education permission, according to police.Moulthrop was booked into custody and later released on $50,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for July 9.
Moulthrop is accused of using the money to buy a flat-screen television, an iPod, shrimp, laundry detergent, other food and household items, thousands of dollars in gift cards, a digital camera, a backpack leaf blower and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
She is also accused of using $1061.80 of the money for repairs to her personal vehicle and of making multiple cash withdrawals.