Every now and then, we see school districts give out free computers and other devices to students designed to help them with their education or to help students who might otherwise be underprivileged. However, a school district employee Kristy Stock decided to take those devices and resell them.
According to the Department of Justice, Stock was sentenced to prison after it was discovered that she had stolen about 3,000 iPods that were initially designated to be given to Native American students. Stock stole the iPods and resold them where she reportedly made as much as $800,000 from them.
Government officials also discovered during the investigation that Stock had filed fraudulent tax returns on her income, resulting in a tax loss of $270,000. It appears that this scheme took place back in 2013 while Stock was in charge of a program for the Central Consolidated School District of New Mexico.
Together with her conspirators, Stock took federal grant money that was earmarked to purchase the iPods, and instead ended up shipping it to Maryland where it was then sold on eBay for marked up prices. Stock herself faces 18 months in prison, while one of her conspirators was sentenced to 66 months, and the other for 366 days.