Former Otsego County school treasurer gets probation for stealing $34K from district

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The former treasurer for the Morris Central School District in Otsego County will not serve jail time, but will have to pay back the $34,000 she admitted to stealing from the district.

Posted: May 14, 2021 1:04 PM

MORRIS, N.Y. – The former treasurer for the Morris Central School District in Otsego County will not serve jail time, but will have to pay back the $34,000 she admitted to stealing from the district.

Kristina Hand, 47, was sentenced to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service, as well as the $34,000 in restitution.

In January, Hand admitted to stealing money from 2014 – 2020 while she worked as the district treasurer. She pleaded guilty to two counts of federal program theft for stealing money from a district that receives federal funds.

Hand said she stole $24,000 by depositing checks payable to the school district into bank accounts that she controlled. 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.

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