Former Towers High School Principal LaKeisha Griffith (handout photo)

DeKalb County Board of Education terminates principal accused of theft

The DeKalb County Board of Education has terminated a principal placed on administrative leave last fall after she allegedly forged her name atop a money order meant for her school and cashed it.

LaKeisha Griffith, 38, still faces charges of fourth-degree forgery and theft by conversion.

Griffith was placed on administrative leave, from her job at Towers High School in Decatur, in September while school district officials investigated alleged financial improprieties at the school. She was charged in December.

It is still unclear how she ever came to work at the district.

Months before she first applied to the DeKalb County School District in 2005, she was fired from her job as a secretary at the Atlanta Police Department and charged with identity theft for using a police officer’s credit card to charge $700 worth of materials from a home improvement store.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that her case was handled under the First Offender Act, which means she wasn’t convicted, and her record was expunged after she complied with the judge’s orders, but after she applied to work with the DeKalb County School District.

Subsequently, when she applied for employment, she denied having been terminated or leaving a position while under investigation for any wrongdoing. The farther she got away from the incident that took place while she worked for the police department, she distanced herself from ever working there. In 2015, when she reapplied to work with the DeKalb County School District after several years away, she said she’d worked for “Atlanta City Government.”

This past summer, in an application to return to Fulton County Schools, she did not mention working there at all.

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