Carla Burke, an accounts clerk for an Indiana school system, embezzled nearly $1 million to use for gambling. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
The court date is approaching
An accounts clerk working in the Indiana school district misappropriated nearly $1 million that she then used for gambling, according to federal authorities.
Karla Burke, 62, will soon appear before a justice of the peace in federal court in Indianapolis. According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, she was employed at the Anderson Community School Corporation and worked with the Food Services division, where her job was to oversee finances and issue checks written by her supervisor.
Burke illegally redirected $976.773.29 from the school system to her account
Records show that from 2014 to 2019, Burke illegally redirected $976,773.29 from the school system into her account. You will plead guilty to fraud and false income tax returns.
School money is spent on gambling
According to police, Burke issued 312 checks to herself on behalf of the school system. After each fraudulent check was written, she would falsify the records to appear as if the money had been sent to the vendors.
The money was used for a variety of personal expenses, including numerous trips to local casinos
The money was used for a variety of personal expenses, including several trips to local casinos, where she bet the stolen money.
In addition, Burke failed to report $225,381 on her income tax return and lied to investigators during questioning.
US Attorney Tiffany J. Preston is leading the trial. If Burke is convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, although sentences are up to the judge’s discretion and are usually less than the maximum, According to the statement From the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana
Other criminal cases
There have been a series of notable gambling-related embezzlement and theft cases all over the world recently.
Earlier this week, a caregiver was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing more than $50,000 from a disabled soldier over two and a half years. A former Mississippi airport manager was also indicted on embezzlement charges just a few days ago.
Across the pond, a British woman stole nearly $1.4 million from her employer and spent nearly £300,000 ($322,432) on gambling.
In Wales, a financial manager stole 47,000 pounds ($52,100) from a charity, also to bet on it.