Ex-Whitwell High School bookkeeper charged with felony theft of school funds

Ex-Whitwell High School bookkeeper charged with felony theft of school funds

April 11th, 2014 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

Whitwell High School is seen in this file photo.

A former bookkeeper at Whitwell High School was arrested Thursday night by the Marion County Sheriff's Office for misappropriating more than $35,000 in school funds.

Lois Alene Vandergriff, 49, is charged with theft over $10,000 and vandalism, according to a release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's Division of Investigations audited the records of Whitwell High School for the time period between July 1, 2009, and Oct. 31, 2010.

The investigation revealed school collections totaling at least $35,332 were misappropriated by Vandergriff, who resigned her position Oct. 26, 2010.

The TBI opened a case at the request of 12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor on Oct. 21, 2013. Earlier this week, a Marion County grand jury returned two indictments for Vandergriff.

She was booked into the Marion County Jail and released after posting a $10,000 bond.