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Elementary School Cafeteria Worker Embezzles Thousands In Student Lunch Money

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A cafeteria worker at an elementary school in Virginia turned herself in to authorities Friday for embezzling thousands of dollars from student lunch money accounts.

Fadwa Sarsaur, 51, from Alexandria was charged with three counts of embezzlement for stealing money from students at Bailey’s Elementary School in Falls Church. Police formally arrested her after she went to the Fairfax County jail Friday afternoon to admit the crime, reports The Washington Post.

Sarsaur’s job at the school was to collect cash or checks from students and add them to each student’s lunch account. Authorities said she would post-date account records to skim money after a deposit. Over the course of three years, Sarsaur stole thousands of dollars from student lunch accounts at Bailey’s Elementary school.

Sarsaur’s supervisor first noticed oddities in the electronic system after seeing unusual deposits logged on snow-days or over weekends. Fairfax County Police launched their investigation earlier in June, uncovering the crime, reports NBC Washington.

Sarsaur is currently suspended without pay as the investigation continues. Police will not reveal an exact figure of how much money was stolen, only saying it was in the thousands. An attorney for Sarsaur is not listed in court records.

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