Former principal charged in theft from NH parish school

Posted Aug. 29, 2013, at 8:47 a.m.

The former principal of St. Francis of Assisi Parish School in Litchfield is charged with stealing $152,467 from school coffers to pay off personal debts.

Shannon L. Dannible, 36, of Amesbury, Mass., allegedly tapped into school bank accounts by writing checks to herself, withdrawing cash and diverting school funds, a Hillsborough County grand jury charged in an Aug. 21 indictment made public Monday.

Dannible faces one count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. The Class A felony is punishable by 7½ to 15 years in prison and up to $4,000 in fines if convicted.

The alleged thefts occurred between Aug. 1, 2007, and June 30, 2011.

Dannible was principal of the Catholic parochial school from 2007 until she resigned in 2011, the Diocese of Manchester said in a statement Tuesday.

“This matter will not affect staffing, school programs or the learning environment at the school. The school already has received a significant portion of restitution from the insurance company and has implemented additional internal financial controls to prevent misuse of funds in the future,” the diocese’s secretary for development and communication Patrick F. McGee Sr. wrote.

St. Francis of Assisi is a parish school that operates under the authority of the Diocese of Manchester. School, parish and diocesan staff discovered the alleged financial improprieties and reported them to the state Attorney General’s Office. The diocese fully cooperated with the state’s investigation.

School reopens Sept. 3 with 30 percent more students enrolled than last year, according to Principal Amy Malinowski.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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