Reported Suicide Linked to Staunton Embezzlement Case
Just days after she was accused of embezzling money from Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, the school's former bookkeeper was found dead. But the apparent suicide does not mean the end of the investigation.
When Lee High School opened its doors Tuesday, grief counselors and extra substitutes were there for struggling students and teachers. The death of their school's former front-office bookkeeper came just four days after she was accused of taking money from a student activity fund.
Lisa Michelle Harrison, 39, of Augusta County was charged on Thursday with two counts of embezzlement. She had worked at Lee High School in Staunton from 2007 until this past June. The superintendent says the alleged theft may involve several thousand dollars.
Harrison was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday morning at a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook near Waynesboro. But police, school officials and an outside accountant continue their probe of the missing funds.
Staunton City Schools Superintendent Steven Nichols says the investigation will include anyone with access to the student activity fund. Among them is the high school's athletic director, who has been placed on administrative leave.
The superintendent says that pot of money comes from fundraising and ticket sales - not taxpayer dollars. Nichols says it could take several weeks to finish the investigation.
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