Wrapping up a Camdenton school embezzlement case filed in 2014, Cassie Franklin pled guilty as part of a deal that will see her on probation for the next five years.

Wrapping up a Camdenton school embezzlement case filed in 2014, Cassie Franklin pled guilty as part of a deal that will see her on probation for the next five years.

As part of a plea deal with the state, Franklin pled guilty to the Class B felony of receiving stolen property. In return, she was placed under five years of court supervised probation. The terms of this probation require her to make a minimum payment of $1,000 a month as restitution for her actions. The total restitution will be $127,123.22.

Circuit Court Judge Peggy Richardson told Franklin that the minimum payment would not clear the debt by the end of the five years, so Franklin may potentially still be making payments after the end of the probation period. The judge explained that if Franklin hadn’t paid off the debt she would be subject to either more probation or revoked probation. Franklin replied that she would be able to handle minimum payments, and that she was employed.

Her probation also requires her to pay any and all court fees within two years. Her restitution payments will be paid to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office to maintain better supervision of her probation terms.

Court documents describe a pattern of stealing beginning in 2009 and lasting through 2014. Officials with the Camdenton R-III School District noticed discrepancies ranging from $18,140 in 2012-2013 up to $30,365 in 2011-2012 when Franklin turned in lunch receipts. New accounting practices put in place by the district in 2014 alerted staff to missing money.

Franklin would withhold cash from pre-pay envelopes and create an end-of-day report less the amount withheld for her supervisors, but would then update the computerized system with the full amount so that there would be no impact with students or their parents.

Franklin’s case was bound over to Camden County Circuit Court for arraignment in May 2015, and she waived formal arraignment in June to proceed to trial. Originally scheduled to begin Nov. 30, 2015, the trial was continued at the request of Special Prosecutor Jon Morris out of Laclede County with reason given as “inadequate time to prepare,” according to court records.

The prosecutor requested the continuance on Nov. 30. According to court records, the defendant did not object to the continuance upon being questioned on it and her right to a speedy trial.

Past reporting by Lake Sun staff Amy Wilson and Joyce L. Miller, Lake Media editorial director, contributed to this story.