- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island high school teacher who was accused last year of putting his name on checks made out to the school is no longer facing charges.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/29xDzAU) the Attorney General’s office dropped the charges against 57-year-old Johnston High School science teacher Greg Russo, citing a lack of probable cause.

Russo was arraigned in December on two counts of forgery and one count of embezzlement.

Police had said that Russo wrote his name on and cashed approximately 50 checks meant for school activities totaling just under $2,000.

Russo was placed on paid administrative leave in November for alleged misuse of school funds. He has worked for the school district for 28 years.

Russo confirmed to the news station that the charges against him were dropped.


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