Dear Amy Armstrong,
Anchorage Police have charged a former Anchorage School District employee with embezzlement following a five-month audit and investigation.
On April 11, 2016, APD School Resource Officers were called to the Anchorage School District (ASD) Administrative Building in reference to an employee whom they believe had been stealing from the School District.
ASD officials told police that, through an audit, Gruening Middle School Financial Data Clerk Kellie Fagan had been embezzling money through various means. A Financial Data Control Clerk is a person who collects money for student activities.
Although the theft had been discovered, a complete audit was still needed. Following the audit, ASD officials provided the detailed audit dating back to December 2010 to APD Fraud Detective Anthony Pate for further investigation and criminal charges.
Kellie Fagan, 61, of Eagle River was working for Gruening Middle School at the time the theft was discovered; prior to that, she worked as the Financial Data Control Clerk at Central Middle School. In a 5 ½ year time frame (Dec. 2010-Mar 2016) it is believed that Fagan embezzled a total of $50,000-$60,000 from the two middle schools. Fagan had taken money in a variety of ways: she would hold checks to make up for theft of cash in future deposits; she would use checks received, but not receipted to make up the amount of cash taken; she would void deposits from the computer record to hide theft; and she used her ASD procurement card for purchases and then submitted the receipt for personal reimbursement while forging the reimbursement checks.
Fagan was charged with four felonies to include Scheme to Defraud, Theft, Falsifying Business Records, and Forgery.
“When employees steal from ASD, they steal from our classrooms, the community and the entire state of Alaska,” said Dr. Deena Paramo, ASD Superintendent.”We appreciate the partnership we have with our local law enforcement to make sure that those who commit crimes are held accountable.”
According to the Anchorage School District, Fagan was immediately placed on administrative leave once the theft was discovered and she was terminated from employment on April 22, 2016.
APD Case: 16-14999
Public Affairs Unit
The above are charges only and not a conviction of guilt. Anyone arrested by the Anchorage Police Department or suspected of a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.