By Lynh Bui February 19 at 8:18 AM
A jury convicted a former Maryland education official who prosecutors say was fraudulently applying for free school lunches.
The verdict was announced Thursday evening in the trial of Lynette Mundey, a former Prince George’s County Board of Education member who was charged with theft, fraud, filing a false public assistance application and other related charges.
Prosecutors allege Mundey stole more than $1,300 in free lunches between 2010 and 2015, applying for the federal free or reduced-price meal plan despite earning an income of $70,000 to more than $90,000. Depending on household size, families typically receive the school lunch benefits when their reported income is between $11,600 and $40,000.
Mundey and five others were charged in 2015 after an audit from the U.S. Government Accountability Office showed its employees in Prince George’s benefiting from the program when they weren’t eligible. All six received $11,432 in reduced lunches in total, according to prosecutors.
Others charged include Barbara Rowley, Jamilah Reid, Tracy Williams, Charlene Savoy as well as James Pinkney, the husband of a GAO employee.
Even though their salaries ranged from $55,000 to $78,000, some families underreported their income or reported having no income, county and federal officials said.
A reduced-price lunch costs 40 cents, according to the Prince George’s County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services. Full-priced lunches cost $2.75 for elementary school students and $3 for middle and high school students.
via Washington post