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Former extra-curricular treasurer at Castle High School sentenced for embezzlement


A former Castle High School treasurer is set to spend a year and a day in prison for embezzlement.

U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young sentenced 61-year-old Rebecca McKee on Tuesday. McKee pleaded guilty to stealing more than $135,000.

The thousands of dollars were meant for sporting events, dances, clubs, and fund-raisers.

She served as the extra-curricular treasurer at Castle High School from 2008 to 2012.  

"The citizens of Warrick County deserve better from officials in positions of trust," said United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler. "Those who choose to steal from our public institutions will be held accountable.”

McKee was responsible for handling large amounts of cash for school activities and disbursing checks for various events within Castle High School. She was also the primary person controlling the Newburgh National Bank School Extra-Curricular Account for the school. 

A State Board of Accounts audit revealed McKee issued unauthorized checks, made fraudulent claims for reimbursement and kept cash received for extra-curricular events.

From July 2010 until August 2012, the US Attorney's office says she embezzled a total of over $135,000 during the following fiscal years from the Warrick County School Corporation:

  • 2010-2011--$19,863.49

  • 2011-2012--$89,819.06

  • 2012-2013--$24,325.40

Beyond prison time, the judge also ordered McKee to pay back the full $135,000 as part of her sentence.

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