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Ex-school treasurer gets probation for $25K theft

STAFF WRITER, chron.com 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - A former Highland Park charter school treasurer has been sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to make restitution for embezzling $25,000 and using it to buy a house Detroit.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says 37-year-old Shantell Bell was sentenced Wednesday after her conviction in Wayne County Circuit Court. A jury convicted her Aug. 5.

Highland Park is an impoverished city surrounded by Detroit.

Authorities say a $25,000 check request was made in 2009 for textbooks at George Washington Carver Academy. The money later was paid to an Ohio title company. Bell's ex-boyfriend reported it to the school, which contacted state police.

Judge Carol Youngblood also ordered Bell to sell the rental property and pay the proceeds to the Carver Academy.

From chron.com:  http://www.chron.com