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Dupo School District Employee Accused of Embezzlement

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A Waterloo woman is facing multiple federal charges after being accused of embezzling money as an employee at Dupo Community Unit School District #196.

The U.S. attorney reports a grand jury charged 57-year-old Linda Johnson with three counts of theft from federally funded programs. If convicted, Johnson could face up to 10 years in prison.

According to court documents, Johnson worked an administrative role in the superintendent’s office for the Dupo School District where she oversaw the district’s activities account with funds for student athletics, clubs, and extracurriculars.

The indictment charges Johnson received control over cash and checks intended to be deposited into the district’s activities account. She would prepare bank deposit slips reflecting the correct amount of cash and checks received, but later she prepared a second set of fraudulent deposit slips that only accounted for the checks, while she kept the cash.

The loss to the school district is estimated to be more than $100,000.

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