Former Laurel School District employee arrested on felony theft charges
LAUREL, Del. – A former North Laurel Elementary School employee has been indicted on felony theft charges.
Police say 40-year-old Wade Bryan was working as the school’s secretary, where he was responsible for the incoming funds for the school’s pizza fundraiser and Pre-K tuition. When incoming checks from the fundraiser hadn’t cleared parents’ bank accounts, the school discovered that Bryan had failed to make any deposits. Additionally, he reportedly improperly gave the fundraising company the district’s bank account information to conduct an automatic withdrawal for payment for the fundraiser. When district officials opened the school safe, they found that all of the cash proceeds from the fundraiser were missing, and the checks were never deposited.
District officials conducted an internal audit for other financial activity that Bryan was responsible for, discovering that he had taken the incoming cash proceeds from the Pre-K tuition program and only deposited incoming checks from the district’s bank account. In total, $3,198.50 in cash from the fundraiser and $1,775 from the Pre-K tuition funds were stolen.
Bryan turned himself in last week and was indicted on two counts of theft over $1500. He was released on his own recognizance.