AUDIT: Sullivan Co. school cafeteria manager took donations for students’ ice cream

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A state audit reveals a former Sullivan County school cafeteria manager took donated funds that were intended for students’ ice cream, took cafeteria funds and made false records. 

According to a report from Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, its investigation resulted in the indictment of Deborah Beckman, the former cafeteria manager at Ketron Elementary School. 

The September 2017, Beckman stole $758 that was donated by a student’s family member to provide ice cream to Ketron’s Kindergarten students. 

Beckman reported falsified the accounting records by preparing inaccurate deposit slips and signed initials of other cafeteria workers on the deposit slip to conceal her actions. 

Investigators said they found six instances where Beckman sent in phony mileage reimbursement claims for trips to the bank on days when no deposits were made. 

Auditors say as a result of the false claims, she received money that was not entitled to her. 

Beckman also admitted that she took an unknown amount of cafeteria money from daily deposits. She admitted she used the money to pay for groceries and other personal expenses. 

The Sullivan County Department of Education fired Beckman on December 4, 2017.  She was indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury on August 22, 2018, on ten counts of forgery of $1,000 or less, six counts of theft of $1000 or less and six counts of destruction of and tampering with governmental records. 

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