A local school principal has been charged with theft and official misconduct.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain says that following a year-long investigation, officials have charged Lakecia C.Hyman, 41, of Egg Harbor Township with Official Misconduct (a 2nd degree crime) and Theft by Failure to Make a Required Disposition of Property Received (a 3rd degree crime).

The State alleges that, while serving in her capacity as Principal of the Uptown School Complex in Atlantic City, Hyman collected and retained over $10,000 in cash and checks intended for Uptown Complex fundraising accounts, and kept the money as her own.
Hyman was suspended from her employment with pay by the Atlantic County Board of Education in February 2014.
Her first court appearance is scheduled for June 17th.
According to McClain, "A 2nd degree crime carries a potential penalty of 5 -10 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison; the potential penalty for a 3rd degree conviction is 3 - 5 years in prison."

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