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Former Baker schools maintenance supervisor accused of over $127,000 worth in theft

1 year 8 months 1 week ago March 28, 2015 Mar 28, 2015 Saturday, March 28 2015 March 28, 2015 6:15 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Caroline McDougall

BATON ROUGE - A former maintenance supervisor for the Baker School District is accused of buying and stealing a total of $127,988.79 worth in equipment from the school district without permission.

Police arrested Emmitt Whitfield Thursday. It's his second arrest after his first arrest in December 2014 caused him to resign from his job due to allegations of the theft of school lawn equipment. The arrest warranted an internal investigation of the Maintenance Department by Baker Superintendant, Ulysses Joseph.

The investigation spans over a two year period from December 2012 to December 2014 where Whitfield allegedly made multiple equipment purchases using a school board issued credit card. The audit claims the items purchased were reported missing or never found on any of the Baker school district grounds including at the school district maintenance shop.

The audit reports Whitfield purchased and stole a total of 717 items including 2 disco globes, 1 set of vanity bathroom lights, 21 lawn mowers, 17 saws, 1 decorative water fountain, 1 outdoor fire pit, 4 indoor fire places, 117 AC window units, 24 large shop fans, 9 air compressors, 17 portable shop generators, 110 folding tables, 30 folding chairs, 1 Gazebo, 11 lanterns, 2 kitchen sinks, 1 kitchen stove, 3 mini fridges, 1 microwave oven, an assortment of tools and power tools.

Superintendant Joseph says all the purchases were made without following school district protocol.

The audit was turned in to detectives once completed on January of 2015. Whitfield was released from jail Friday.

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