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D.C. charter school head accused of embezzling funds

Saturday - 2/2/2013, 1:01pm  ET

UPDATE, Saturday - 2/2/2013, 12:58pm ET - The Washington Post reports parents who send their kids to the day care are angry about the new charges and say the Army hasn't been transparent enough about its investigation.

WASHINGTON, Tuesday - 1/29/2013, 7:50am ET - A co-founder and former executive director of the Nia Community Public Charter School in Washington has been charged with embezzling $29,000 from the school.

The Washington Examiner reports that Monique Murdock wrote five checks to her foster child ranging from $4,000 and $8,000, using school funds in 2008. Court records show the checks were then deposited in a savings account Murdock created for the child. Then all but $100 was transferred to other accounts belonging to Murdock.

Nia Community Public Charter School was located in Ward 7 but closed in 2011 after the D.C. Public Charter School Board revoked its charter.

The charter school board initially placed the school on probation for possible financial mismanagement. A spokeswoman says its charter was revoked as a result of poor academic performance.

___ Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com

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