Lunch Ladies Stole Nearly $500,000 in Cash From School Cafeterias

Posted By Staff

Date: August 14th, 2018

Category: Nutty News

lunchIn the well-to-do town of New Canaan, Conn., families pay top dollar to live on picturesque New England streets, frequent the area’s upscale boutiques and send their children to some of the best schools in the state.

But in recent years, a scandal had quietly been brewing at a couple of those schools: Someone had been taking the children’s lunch money — after it had been paid.

For years, cash was disappearing from cafeteria registers at the high school and middle school, apparently unbeknown to school officials. Nearly $500,000 was pilfered from 2012 through 2017, the authorities said.

On Monday, the New Canaan Police Department announced that it had arrested two women: sisters who worked in the cafeteria system.

Joanne Pascarelli, 61, and Marie Wilson, 67, turned themselves in over the weekend and were released on $50,000 bond. They are accused of underreporting how much cash had been collected and taking the remainder. Each was charged with larceny.

Ms. Wilson told the police that “the only thing she is guilty of is feeding a child who had no money or giving somebody a cookie,” the arrest warrant said.

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