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Park Road Montessori’s former secretary charged with embezzlement

Park Road Montessori is a preK-6 Charlotte-Mecklenburg magnet school. (John D. Simmons | The Charlotte Observer) Park Road Montessori is a preK-6 Charlotte-Mecklenburg magnet school. (John D. Simmons | The Charlotte Observer)

CHARLOTTE, NC (Ann Doss Helms/The Charlotte Observer) - The Park Road Montessori School secretary who was fired in July in connection with money stolen from the school was charged Tuesday with felony embezzlement.

Deborah Crater, 59, was also charged with four felony counts of forgery of endorsement. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools fired Crater in July, saying an audit turned up 12 checks written to her while she was senior administrative secretary.

Crater’s dismissal letter said she was asked to provide supporting documentation, but she did not report to Employee Relations and stopped showing up to work after June 2. She had worked for CMS since 2009.

Police have been investigating and working with the district attorney’s office since a year-end audit turned up $15,276 that was allegedly stolen from Park Road Montessori, a preK-6 magnet in south Charlotte.

Park Road Principal Anna Moraglia has been suspended with pay since Aug. 23, and CMS said Wednesday her status remains unchanged. Citing personnel privacy laws, district officials have not said why she is suspended. A retired administrator is running the school in her absence.

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