Tallahassee Fla Aug 28 2011 An English teacher at Chiles High School has been charged with stealing at least $150,000 from the school’s yearbook account, said John Hunkiar, Leon County School District chief of safety, security and emergency management.
Tammy Bennett, 52, was arrested Friday on charges of grand theft and organizing a scheme to defraud, Hunkiar said.
An internal audit led to a criminal investigation earlier this summer. Bennett was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
A warrant was obtained, and Bennett turned herself in at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon, Hunkiar said.
A probable cause affidavit was not available Friday.
The district will immediately initiate termination proceedings and will be looking for full restitution, Hunkiar said.
While there are no other charges in the case, Hunkiar said, the district will continue to follow up on every detail surrounding the theft.
Chiles Principal Alan Cox said that Bennett’s actions — which Hunkiar said began five years ago — were unexpected. She had been at the school since it opened 12 years ago and was yearbook sponsor in addition to an English instructor, Cox said.
Bennett was booked Friday afternoon into the Leon County Jail. She could not be reached for comment.