Former Pitt Co. Schools bookkeeper convicted of embezzlement

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Greenville woman previously employed as a bookkeeper for Pitt County Schools has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges.

Warrants accused Danielle Brown-Baker of stealing $19,897, dating back to July 2011 to January of 2014.

On March 09, 2016, Brown-Baker pleaded guilty to 5 counts of Embezzlement in Superior Court.

“Danielle Brown-Baker will begin an active sentence of 6 to 17 months of incarceration,” explained Assistant District Attorney Anthony Futrell, “After her active sentence, Danielle Baker-Brown, shall continue to pay her debt to society by serving a probationary sentence of 24-68 months. During this time, Danielle Brown-Baker shall be monitored by our highly effective probation staff and continue paying restitution to Pitt County Schools, currently owing approx. $15, 823.80.

It is clear from the evidence brought forth, Ms. Baker was entrusted with a number of responsibilities, to include, her having access to currency of Pitt County Schools. Ms. Baker used a number of different schemes to deceive, but once brought to light, Pitt County School officials and law enforcement, specifically Pitt County Deputy J.B. Monette, acted quickly. A very clear and loud message has been sent from our office.”

“We shall not tolerate anyone abusing their position in our schools,” said District Attorney Kimberly S. Robb. “The embezzlement of US Currency, intended for our children’s education is not only illegal but morally wrong. This case is a prime example of one who violates public trust. Our office shall continue to work with Pitt County Schools, our law enforcement officers, and others to bring those accountable to justice.”

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