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Principal pawns school computer five times after falsifying documents

By Mason White 12:11 PM February 6, 2017
Tonja Lindsey-Latson
By: Tanya Clark

A school principal in Florida, was arrested after using the school’s computer to get quick cash.

The principal of West Riviera Elementary School, was arrested after police said that she pawned a school computer five times in the past year.

Tonja Lindsey-Latson, 48, was suspended from her job with pay after she was arrested by the school district police.

Investigators said she was caught pawning a school-owned laptop this month, and falsified document to show that she was the owner of the computer.

Lindsey-Latson was charged with false verification of ownership, and she was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. She was later released on $5,000 bond.

Every time Lindsey-Latson pawned the Apple MacBook Pro laptop, she received between $300 and $500 from Cash America Pawn on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, according to police.

In the first four cases, she took back the laptop after repaying the loan amount, plus a cash fee. The fifth time however, she was busted when the transaction triggered an alert from an Internet service that monitors pawn shop transactions, and police were called.

When she was questioned by police, Lindsey-Latson initially lied and said that she owned the laptop. However, when police proved that she was lying, Lindsey-Latson said that she confused the laptop with an identical one that she owns, according to the arrest report.

She later admitted that she did not currently own a similar computer.

Lindsey-Latson told the detective that she had committed the crime because she had a personal emergency and she needed money.

Lindsey-Latson said that she repaid the loan after receiving her next paycheck or got money from some other source.

Lindsey-Latson had been the principal at the school since 2011. She earned $93,200 a year, school district records show.