What we reported, what's new, and what's next on this story.
WHAT WE REPORTED – In our Sept. 11 issue, we reported that Carol R. Morris, 64, of Townsend had been sentenced by the New Castle County Superior Court for stealing over $45,000 from the Appoquinimink Education Association (AEA).
Morris was sentenced to two years of probation. Her sentence was reduced from jail time because it was her first offense. Morris also had to pay restitution and serve 20 hours of community service per week, and never again hold a position in an organization.
Morris, a retired math teacher, served as the treasurer of the district teachers’ union from 2009 to 2013. According to then-union president David Wright, Morris made ATM withdrawals and used the organization’s credit card to make personal purchases.
“She forged a check for $8,000 using my name,” said Wright. “She used money for Zappos, the shoe store. And she bought from OshKosh B'gosh. She also paid the Verizon bill for her house. She even bought heating oil.”
The current president of the 640-member teachers' union, Vicky Caprinolo, attended the sentencing hearing and said that it's time for the organization to move on.
"She won't be able to do this to anyone else," said Caprinolo. "How can someone with such a high level of trust do this to her own colleagues? She was a member too. It stings."
WHAT’S NEW – According to Caprinolo, the AEA filed an insurance claim for the stolen money.
“Our insurance company awarded us the money, minus the deductible. It is Ms. Morris’ responsibility to repay the insurance company,” she told the Transcript.
The AEA also implemented safeguards to prevent a similar incident in the future.
“We have multiple people on our Executive Board examining all bank statements and signing off on them so we know they are authentic,” Caprinolo added.
WHAT’S NEXT – Carol Morris must continue to meet the court’s requirements of doing community service and paying back the money she stole from the union. The court could not provide details as to what type of community service she has been engaging in since her sentencing in September.