Woman Sentenced in Theft From Morris Central School
The case of a local school official stealing money from the school district of which she was employed has finally resulted in a sentence for the accused. And she will not serve any jail time.
Kristina Hand, 47, was convicted of stealing $34,000 from the Morris Central School District over a period of time encompassing 2014-2020. Hand will not have to do jail time but rather was sentenced to serve two years of probation and 50 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay the Morris Central School District back its $34,000 which she stole.
Hand was the former treasurer of the school district. She admitted to her crime and said she stole the money from various school accounts. In January, 2021 she pleaded guilty to two counts of federal program theft from the school district.
In January, Hand admitted to stealing money from 2014 – 2020 while she worked as the district treasurer. She admitted she stole $24,000 by depositing checks payable to the school district into bank accounts that she controlled. In addition to that $24,000, she also admitted to stealing at least $10,000 more by using the district’s Amazon account and credit cards to purchase items for her personal use.
Hand was formally charged in September of 2020.
The announcement of Hand's sentencing was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli; Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett.
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