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Custodian accused of stealing $30,000 from school

March 04, 2010
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NEW YORK — A custodian at the Thurgood Marshall Academy is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in Department of Education funds, according to the New York Post.

According to the story, investigators say custodian Edwin Hendricks used a variety of methods — most which involved payroll check scams — to steal from the custodial account he managed.

Hendricks allegedly wrote $1,400 in checks to a Pennsylvania board school where his twin sons attend, as well as extra payroll checks to himself and his sister, who is not employed by the school, the story stated.

Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon said: "He sure had a variety of ways of stealing money. It was not difficult to connect the dots."
According to investigation reports, Hendricks compared himself to another custodian, Philip Portelli, who was accused of stealing $99,000 from a New York high school last year, saying: "At least I''m not as bad as Phil," the story noted.

Hendricks has been with the district since 2004 and makes $86,000 a year, the story added.

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