- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2005

A former D.C. public school system principal pleaded guilty yesterday to taking more than $9,000 from a student fundraising account for personal purchases that included DVDs, lobster, sushi, calling cards and a Palm Pilot.

Nae M. Davis, 58, former principal of John Burroughs Elementary School in Northeast, faces six months to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge, prosecutors said.

Miss Davis, who will be sentenced next month in D.C. Superior Court, declined to comment yesterday when reached by phone at her home in the District.

She said she was referring inquiries about the matter to an attorney, who did not respond by press time.

The plea agreement also calls for Miss Davis, who retired in 2003, to repay the school system $9,834.

Prosecutors said Miss Davis controlled and made all spending decisions for money held in a bank account earmarked for proceeds of school fundraising events. Students raised money by selling sodas, cakes and doughnuts.

Between 2000 to 2002, Miss Davis spent thousands of dollars from the student activity bank account on personal purchases at local food stores, officials said.

Some of the personal purchases included DVDs; a Palm Pilot personal messaging device; travel clocks; dinners of lobster, shrimp, veal, and sushi; calling cards and a cordless telephone, prosecutors said.

An internal probe by the D.C. school system uncovered the expenses. School officials turned the matter over to the D.C. Office of the Inspector General.

Miss Davis’ plea before Judge Harold Cushenberry was announced in a statement yesterday released by U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein, D.C. Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby and D.C. Schools Superintendent Clifford B. Janey.

The statement said Miss Davis spent more than $9,000 from a student activity account “for her own personal use and enjoyment.”

D.C. public school system payroll records from 2004 indicate the position of principal at John Burroughs Elementary School paid a base salary of approximately $107,000 annually.



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