|Updated: 1/14/2012 10:14 am
||Published: 1/13/2012 12:29 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Throughout the year, the Little Rock School District provides thousands of dollars worth of supplies for students in need but according to police, for years many students haven't been getting those pens, pads and pencils.
"It's sad that a person would take money - credit - that could be used for kids that need it," said Lt. Terry Hastings with the Little Rock Police Department.
Police blame Linda A. Jones who now faces felony theft charges. The retired LRSD secretary had the job of buying and distributing supplies to underprivileged students.
Police say Jones bought the items on the list but would also ask for a gift receipt. They say after turning the actual receipt into administrators, she would then return to Target with the items and her gift receipts and exchange for store credit.
Jones is accused of accumulating close to $10,000 worth of Target store credit.
"There are several students in the Little Rock School District who depend and whose families need the supplies that are donated to the district," said Tiffany Hoffman, the spokesperson for LRSD.
Jones is now out on bond after turning herself in to police.
"The bottom line is the Little Rock School District will pursue and criminally prosecute," said Hoffman.
Hoffman adds the district uses and respects every penny they are given for the Homeless Education Program and are looking into potential policy changes to ensure this doesn't happen again.