Former Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing $279,000 from Thomas Jefferson High School
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Susan Thanh Litwin, 37, of Woodbridge, Va., pled guilty today to stealing more than $279,000 from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHS), a Fairfax County magnet school.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office; and Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
Today, Litwin pled guilty to theft from an organization receiving public funds and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when she is sentenced on July 30, 2010, by United States District Judge T.S. Ellis, III.
“Susan Litwin didn’t just steal from her employer. She stole from the students at Thomas Jefferson High School and those who donate funds to support public education,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “She broke the trust given to her and needs to be held accountable. Our office is committed to holding accountable those who breach the public trust.”
According to a statement of facts filed with her plea agreement, Litwin served as a finance technician for TJHS from January 2007 to March 2, 2010, and was responsible for receiving and depositing funds from various sources. These funds were used, in part, to support student athletics, classes, clubs, and other school activities. Litwin admitted she used the signature authority TJHS had given her to steal funds by writing checks to herself without authorization and by making counter-withdrawals from various TJHS bank accounts and depositing the funds into her personal bank accounts. From about March 2008 through January 2010, Litwin acknowledged that she stole more than $279,000 through checks or withdrawals ranging from $2,500 to $35,000.
Further court records indicate that in an interview, Litwin allegedly told law enforcement that the money was used to support a gambling habit that included trips to Las Vegas, Nev., and Atlantic City, N.J. She also allegedly stated that the theft was a result of extensive credit card debt and large mortgage payments on her home.
Authorities request that anyone with additional information regarding this case or similar allegations of fraud or corruption to call the FBI’s Northern Virginia Public Corruption and Government Fraud Tip Line at (703) 686-6225 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Fairfax County Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Mark D. Lytle is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.
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