Clerk at Lutheran School accused of stealing more than $7,000

March 07, 2018
American-Statesman staff

An administrative clerk at a Lutheran school in Taylor is accused of stealing more than $7,000 from the school, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shanna Inez Richardson, 31, of Hutto, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail.

The principal of St. Paul Lutheran School at 610 Fowzer St. in Taylor and the school board president told police Feb. 5 that the IRS asked them to submit a tax form for Sept. 30, 2017 to Jan. 1, the affidavit said. When school leaders asked Richardson to put a spreadsheet together for an audit related to the IRS request, she was reluctant to do it, according to the affidavit.

When the principal and the school board president did the audit themselves, without Richardson’s help, they discovered Richardson — who was supposed to be paid $5,240.04 — had actually been paid $12,634.05.

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Richardson had issued herself checks for $7,394.01 more than the school owed her, the affidavit said. When the principal and the school board president tried to confront Richardson, they learned that she had already taken her child out of class and removed her own personnel file, the affidavit said.

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