|Grand jury getting cafeteria manager case
Lenoir City Police Department completed the investigation of missing cafeteria funds from Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle School and turned the case over to the Ninth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.
Lenoir City Schools in May gave information regarding missing funds to LCPD. The investigation took 6-8 weeks before handing the case over to Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office, Lenoir City Police Chief Don White said.
White said Linda Robinson, who was the manager of the LCIMS cafeteria, admitted taking funds. She was not charged.
About $8,000 was taken over a five-year period, Lenoir City Schools Superintendent Jeanne Barker said. The money was paid back “immediately,” she said.
“We next go to the Loudon (grand jury) in December,” Johnson said in an email correspondence. “Most likely we will present the case to the (grand jury) at that time to see what action, if any, the (grand jury) wishes to take. One of the big legal hurdles is that this goes back many years and each time an amount was taken, it was a small sum (always a misdemeanor amount). Therefore, the statute of limitations of one year began to run with each crime, so it is unclear how much of this we could prosecute and at what level.”
Robinson announced her retirement from the position Feb. 22 in a one-sentence, handwritten letter.