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Former Baltimore City teacher, business manager sentenced for stealing school funds

Posted at 12:57 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 12:57:34-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A former Baltimore City school teacher and business manager has pleaded guilty to stealing school funds.

Danean Cunningham admitted to taking just under $10,000 of funds belonging to Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, and depositing them into her own personal bank account.

According to State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III, Cunningham was committing the theft while she was employed as business manager, and responsible for the collection and recording of all school money.

Judge Melissa Phinn sentenced Cunningham to a three year suspended prison sentence, along with three years probation. As part of her plea, Cunningham will have to pay $9,999.99 in restitution.

Cunningham is the fourth Baltimore City Public School System employee charged by the State Prosecutor since 2013.

Former principal Leslie Lewis was convicted in 2017 of stealing over $60,000.00 from Baltimore Community High School. In October 2015, Alisha Trusty, a former principal at Western High School, pleaded guilty to stealing
approximately $54,000 from the school’s student activity fund, and in March 2013, former Coppin Academy principal William Howard II, pleaded guilty to stealing over $10,000 from that school’s student activity fund account.