School Board Clerk Guilty of Stealing from Va. Schools

October 6, 2010

A former Virginia school board clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Montgomery County public schools.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy said 45-year-old Anita Price Johnston of Elliston pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud Monday.

Johnston, who was the clerk of the Montgomery County School Board, admitted stealing more than $120,000 over a two-year period.

According to court papers, Johnston deposited checks for facility rental and other purposes into her personal bank account. A plea agreement requires Johnston to repay the stolen money.

Mail fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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