Ex-Official Sentenced In Plot To Steal From School

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Charles County school official who stole from federal funds for low-income students has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Rhayda Barnes-Thomas, 41, of Accokeek was also ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution at sentencing Friday.

According to her plea agreement, Barnes-Thomas used Title I funding — federal aid awarded to school districts with large numbers of children from low-income families — to buy more than 200 electronics items, including Nintendo Wii consoles and games, televisions, iPads and iPods.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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