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Former city vocational school teacher charged with theft

A former Baltimore City Public Schools teacher has been charged with stealing nearly $10,000 in school funds while employed as the business manager for Mergenthaler Vocational Technical School.

Danean Cunningham, who was a teacher at Mergenthaler, is accused of stealing just under $10,000 by depositing money made payable to the school into her personal bank account, according to a news release from the Office of the State Prosecutor. The conduct allegedly occurred between June 2017 and December 2018.

As the school’s business manager, Cunningham was responsible for collecting, recording and depositing all school monies. She is charged in Baltimore City Circuit Court with a theft scheme of $1,000 to under $10,000, a felony, according to electronic court filings.

“Depriving Baltimore City students of essential resources for personal gain cannot be tolerated,” Deputy State Prosecutor Kelly Madigan said in a prepared statement Thursday. “We will continue to hold people in positions of trust for schools accountable.”

Cunningham did not have an attorney listed as of Thursday afternoon.

The Office of the State Prosecutor notes that Cunningham is the fourth Baltimore City Public Schools employee to be charged by the office since 2013. A former principal was convicted of stealing more than $60,000 from Baltimore Community High School in 2017. A former principal of Western High School pleaded guilty to stealing $54,000 in 2015. A former principal of Coppin Academy pleaded guilty to stealing more than $10,000 in 2013.

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