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Lunch lady charged with theft

An Evansville woman who managed the cafeteria at St. Benedict School has been indicted on theft charges.

Officers arrested 49-year-old Mary Merrill Thursday.

A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says a federal grand jury indicted Merrill on four counts of theft. She’s accused of embezzling more than $104,000 between February 2011 and March 2015.

Merrill controlled the cafeteria budget, managed accounts payable, purchased food and other supplies, and supervised employees and volunteers.

She’s accused of embezzling the money by making fraudulent claims for reimbursement, issuing unauthorized checks to herself and credit card companies, and creating false check registries with vendor names to conceal her personal expenditures.

At the time, the school was receiving money as part of the Federal School Lunch Program.

If she’s convicted, Merrill could face up to 10 years in prison for each count.