Charges: Former Mpls. Principal Misused School District-Issued Credit Card

Whittier International School in Minneapolis Photo: Google Maps
Whittier International School in Minneapolis

November 09, 2017 03:23 PM

A former Minneapolis school principal has been charged after prosecutors say she used a school district credit card to make thousands of dollars’ worth of personal purchases.

Fifty-five-year-old Anne DePerry, who is the former principal of Whittier International School in Minneapolis, has been charged with three counts of theft by swindle.

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According to the criminal complaint, a random audit was conducted in October 2015 that revealed a charge on DePerry’s school-issued credit card for a hat store overseas.

The auditor then looked at the previous six weeks of charges to the card and found numerous expenses that were not school-related, according to the criminal complaint. DePerry said she had accidentally used the wrong credit card and offered to reimburse the expenses.

The auditor, however, went back and looked at all the times DePerry used that credit card from December 2013 to September 2015. Prosecutors say DePerry was found to have made $11,830 in personal expenses and $5,400 in expenses that were suspicious but couldn’t be complete ruled out as non-school related.

Prosecutors say it’s unlikely DePerry simply made a mistake and used the wrong card because she would have had to upload her receipts, use a budget code and get approval for all of her school expenses.

DePerry is expected to make her first court appearance Thursday.

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