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Former Baltimore City School teacher charged with stealing school funds, according to State Prosecutor

Posted at 1:41 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 13:41:44-05

BALTIMORE — A former Baltimore City School's Business Manager has been charged for stealing school funds.

According to the Office of the State Prosecutor, Danean Cunningham, a former teacher and Business Manager of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, was charged with theft of school funds.

The charge alleges that Cunningham stole a little under $10,000 from the high school while she was employed as the school's Business Manager by depositing money that was made payable to the school into her personal bank account.

She had access to the money because, as the Business Manager, it was her responsibility to collect, record and deposit all of the school's monies.

"Depriving Baltimore City students of essential resources for personal gain cannot be tolerated," said Acting State Prosecutor, Kelly Madigan. "We will continue to hold people in positions of trust for schools accountable."

Cunningham is the fourth Baltimore City Public School employee to be charged by the Office of the State Prosecutor since 2013.

Leslie Lewis, a former principal, was charged and convicted of stealing over $60,000 from the Baltimore Community High School in 2017; in October 2015, Alisha Trusty, who was the former principal of Western High School, pleaded guilty to stealing about $54,000 from the school's student activity fund; and in March 2013, William Howard II, who was the former principal of Coppin Academy, pleaded guilty to also stealing over $10,000 from the school's student activity fund.

Although charged, Cunningham is presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction.