Former Western High School Principal Alisha Trusty was accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the school’s student activity fund. When faced with a judge, Trusty pleaded guilty to the felony theft charges against her.
Last year, internal auditors discovered “irregularities” in the school’s financial books. Investigators later discovered Trusty used money from the fund to buy things, and pay her bills. She also used the fund’s debit card to pay for 19 nights at a hotel in New Jersey while out on medical leave from the school.
“Public School principals are trusted and relied on by the school system, students and parents to always act in the best interests of their students,” State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said. “Betrayal of that trust by a principal who steals student activity funds is a particularly reprehensible offense that cannot be tolerated.”
Trusty’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 6.
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