- Associated Press - Friday, December 30, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The former head of a charter school in Dover is facing up to 40 years in prison after being indicted on federal theft charges.

The U.S. attorney for Delaware announced Thursday that former Academy of Dover principal Noel Rodriguez was indicted on four counts of federal program theft. Rodriguez is accused of embezzling more than $5,000 in federal funds the school received from the U.S. Department of Education from 2011 to 2014.

A June 2015 report from Delaware’s state auditor said Mr. Rodriguez used school funds to pay for more than $125,000 in personal items over three years.

The report said Rodriguez reimbursed employees for buying alcohol, paid legal fees for a sexual harassment lawsuit and gave arbitrary bonuses. He resigned in 2014.

It’s unclear whether Rodriguez has an attorney.

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