Jacksonville, FL (December 9, 2018) - An assistant principal at a local elementary school was arrested on Thursday, December 6th in connection with theft charges. John Collins, the assistant principal at John Stockton Elementary School was taken into custody at the Duval County School Police Department headquarters.
Collins is accused of misconduct in connection with a school donation from an orthodontist's office. Police say that Ortega Orthodontist made a donation to Stockton and handed a check to Collins for the donation amount. Subsequently, an Ortega employee noticed several unusual transactions connected to the company bank account. Among the transactions was an insurance premium in the amount of $525 and labeled with Collins' name. A second transaction appeared to be a rent payment to Collins' apartment complex.
Collins has been placed on leave while the investigation continues. In a statement issued by the Duval County Public Schools, the district stated its intention to pursue Collins' termination.
Theft Crimes in Jacksonville
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