Ex-principal in Bound Brook, South River Pleads Guilty to Theft Charges

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August 20, 2008

SOMERVILLE —The former principal of two parochical schools in Middlesex and Somerset counties pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of theft.

Michelle Little, 40, of Tobyhanna, Pa., pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong in Somerville that as principal of Corpus Christi Elementary School in South River, she stole approximately $241.48 between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007, from the principal's petty cash account.

While employed as the principal of Holy Family Academy in Bound Brook, she admitted to stealing approximately $7,787.00 between July 1, 2007 and March 13, 2008 from the principal's petty cash account.

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said representatives of the Diocese of Metuchen conducted an internal audit of the petty cash funds and once the discrepancies were discovered they notified Somerset County Prosecutor's Office of the thefts.

The Special Investigations Unit of the Prosecutor's Office conducted an investigation, which resulted in Wednesday's guilty pleas.


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