SC teacher accused of stealing donations meant for American Cancer Society

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Yvonne Johnson Oswald

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LANCASTER, S.C. — A teacher in South Carolina teacher is accused of stealing donations that were meant for the American Cancer Society, according to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office.

WBTV reported that Yvonne Johnson Oswald, 48, was charged with embezzlement of public funds.

Oswald, who was a teacher at A.R. Rucker Middle School for more than 20 years, was supposed to donate money raised through the school’s “dress down” day to the American Cancer Society.

The students and staff paid $2 each to dress down for one day rather than wearing school uniforms.

Another employee reported the alleged embezzlement to the school district in January of 2016, according to WBTV.

After an internal investigation, school district employees noted that collection funds were missing from September and November of 2015.

In a recorded conversation with school leaders, Oswald admitted that she had not donated an estimated $500 in September.

Oswald then told deputies the $600 from the November collection was locked in her room, according to WBTV.

School leaders recovered the money from November and Oswald resigned from her position after being arrested and charged last week.

Bryan Vaughn with Lancaster Schools told WBTV the district may be able to recover the $500 Oswald spent through restitution fees.

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