- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

NEWARK, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont principal has pleaded not guilty to embezzling from the Newark Street School.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1VXf7II ) 41-year-old Patrick Ely entered the plea on Monday and was released on the condition that he doesn’t go in the school.

Authorities say Ely bought about $5,000 in items using school funds. Those items included an air conditioner, portable generator, loading ramps and a 32-inch television. Police say he also bought a 10-gallon cooler that appeared to be used as a home beer brewing system.

The state police seized 29 items from the St. Johnsbury man that investigators say were bought using school accounts and a school credit card.

He has since resigned as the school’s principal and a member of the St. Johnsbury School Board.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com


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