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Connellsville teacher accused of stealing $2,049 from student account

Joe Napsha
| Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

A Connellsville Area teacher is accused of stealing $2,049 from a Dunbar Township Elementary School student account from March 2017 through April 2018, state police at Uniontown said Friday.

Kristin Marie Collins, 35, of Dickerson Run, allegedly transferred money from the student council account she was entrusted to manage at the elementary school, and transferred the funds into her own bank account, police said.

Tribune-Review news partner WPXI said that David McDonald, the interim superintendent, contacted state police.

The school district released a statement about the alleged theft, saying the district will “continue to cooperate” with state police during the investigation.

McDonald could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Collins is charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and a misdemeanor count of misapplying government property.

She was arraigned before Star Junction District Judge Richard Kasunic II and released on $25,000 unsecured bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 23 before Uniontown District Judge Jennifer L. Jeffries.

Collins was not listed as a teacher on the Dunbar elementary school's website on Friday.

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