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EBR School worker accused of stealing electronics

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BATON ROUGE - A former EBR School employee was arrested accused of stealing nearly $9,500 worth of iPads, projectors and other electronics from Northdale Superintendent's Academy.

The theft was discovered as the EBR School System conducted a routine inventory of items. The principal at the school contacted authorities once they found out they were missing items.

"We were able to recover some of the equipment," EBR School Spokesman Keith Bromery said.

Investigators said 49-year old Donald Taylor returned nearly $3,000 worth of equipment he had at his house, when he was questioned about where it went. There is still $6,000 worth of equipment missing.

Investigators said Taylor worked for the Jobs for America Program and was responsible for ordering equipment.

State law requires school systems to tag items that are more than $1,000. EBR School leaders said their internal controls worked which helped discover the theft. Items are tagged in EBR that are purchased for $300 or more.

"We don't tolerate theft of equipment," Bromery said. "The important thing for the public to know is we monitor the taxpayers dollars when it comes to how they are spent for equipment. We have a good inventory control process because we discovered this missing equipment."

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera internal controls are important to keep tabs on inventory.

"It is alarming from the perspective that these are real dollars, are used for real purposes for our children and now we've bought property not available for teaching of children," Purpera said.

Taylor faces felony theft charges.

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