October 22, 2015: Former Western High School Principal Sentenced for Felony Theft From Student Activity Fund
For Immediate Release October 22, 2015
Former Western High School Principal Sentenced for Felony Theft
From Student Activity Fund
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that former Western High School Principal Alisha Trusty, 39, who pleaded guilty in June to stealing $53,912.94 from the student activity fund, was sentenced today in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. The Honorable Melissa Phinn imposed a sentence of five (5) years incarceration which was suspended in favor of five (5) years of supervised probation. The defendant paid $15,000.00 in restitution and was ordered to pay $38,912.94 in additional restitution during her period of probation.
The Office of Legal Counsel for the Baltimore City Public Schools originally referred this matter to the State Prosecutor’s Office after internal auditors discovered irregularities in the use of the student activity fund by Ms. Trusty. According to the statement of facts in support of the guilty plea presented to the Court, between February of 2011 and January of 2014, Ms. Trusty used the Western High School Student Activity Fund account debit card and checks on numerous occasions to purchase personal items and pay personal bills to include personal legal fees and her BGE bill. Full details are contained in the statement of facts.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “It is difficult to imagine a more outrageous violation of trust by a public school principal than Ms. Trusty’s theft of more than $50,000.00 from her students.”