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County school alleges $70K theft

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the Baltimore County Public Schools over a seven-year period.

Barry L. Troxell, 52, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced early next year in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Prosecutors allege Troxell stole more than $70,000, but Troxell told Judge Mickey J. Norman that he only took “between $10,000 and $15,000.” A hearing on the restitution is scheduled for next month.

Troxell was the building operations supervisor at Franklin Middle School in Reisterstown. Auditors with the school system found he was using his procurement card to buy items in bulk and electronics for his own personal use, Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Lippe said in court. Troxell submitted invoices with a torn off, “ship to” address, cut off receipts from purchases, leaving just the price, and provided handwritten invoices if he submitted an invoice at all, Lippe said.

Troxell told auditors he improperly used his procurement card “because he had financial problems and was giving the items to a pawn store,” Lippe said. Prosecutors allege Troxell’s actions cost the school system $70,650.02 from August 2002 through October 2009.