Mercer County school secretary who al­legedly stole $9K es­capes jail time

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By David Foster dfos­ter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @tren­to­nian­david on Twit­ter

A secretary at Mercer County Tech­ni­cal Schools has re­ceived a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

Ka­t­rina Daniels, who was ac­cused of steal­ing nearly $8,700 from the district, was ac­cepted into a pre-trial in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram (PTI) on Wed­nes­day, Mercer County Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice spokes­woman Casey DeBla­sio said in an email.

The PTI, which is for first-time of­fend­ers and clears an in­di­vid­ual’s record if the pro­gram is com­pleted suc­cess­fully, calls for Daniels to be un­der pro­ba­tion for 36 months, fin­ish 40 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and pay the district back $8,668, which is the to­tal amount of money she al­legedly stole.

The 42-year-old Tren­ton resident was ar­rested on Nov. 30 for pock­et­ing the money fol­low­ing a seven-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Hopewell po­lice and the Mercer County

Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice.

Hopewell po­lice be­gan to in­ves­ti­gate Daniels, who worked at the Sypek Cen­ter, in June 2016 after they were alerted by the district that cash was miss­ing from a de­posit, au­thor­i­ties said.

Po­lice de­ter­mined that over the course of sev­eral months, Daniels al­tered de­posit amounts and stole $8,668 from the school, which is lo­cated at 129 Bull Run Road in Hopewell, au­thor­i­ties said.. She was charged with one count of theft by un­law­ful tak­ing, a third-de­gree crime.

Daniels earned an an­nual salary last year of $44,519, ac­cord­ing to on­line records. She started work­ing in the district in Septem­ber 2014.

The secretary was fired from the district fol­low­ing her ar­rest.

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