WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- First, she was accused of urging teachers to cheat; now, a former Waterbury principal is accused of spending money meant for the school on herself instead.
Police say she paid for everything from a leaf blower to a flat-screen television with money from school fundraisers.
An arrest warrant was issued and Thursday the former elementary school Principal turned herself.
Instead of a class picture, the former principal at Hopeville Elementary, Maria Moulthrop, posed for a mug shot.
"I was shocked because I never saw her as that type of person," said Nars Gobindraj.
Gobindraj and all her cousins graduated from Hopeville Elementary where Moulthrop worked.
"She was nice and didn't really bother anybody," said Shane Gobindraj.
She's accused of taking more than $10,000 dollars from a parent teacher organization's account.
The money raised by selling snacks at lunch and other fundraisers.
"I think what the most disturbing part of this investigation was was that the money, most of the money, all came from the students themselves," said Capt. Chris Corbett, Waterbury Police Department.
He says $1,000 went toward her car repair bill.
"There was no impropriety on Ms. Moulthrop's part," Rachel Baird said.
Baird represents the former principal. She says the check for the car was a mistake.
"The error was corrected immediately and there was no intent to use money from a PTO account for her car payment," said Baird.
This is another black eye for Moulthrop as she resigned back in December after being accused of cheating on statewide tests at Hopeville.
"She was someone used as a scapegoat in the school system," Baird said.
"If she was in the right why would she resign," asked News 8's Stephanie Simoni.
"Well because of the pressure," said Baird.
Now this father fears for the schools reputation.
"We chose this neighborhood because Hopeville had a good reputation back then," said Permaul Gobindraj.
Moulthrop was released on a $50,000 bond.
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