A Moorpark Woman Is Accused Of Stealing Children's Lunch Money

Sunday May 19, 2019

     The Ventura County District Attorney's Office has filed Grand Theft and other charges accusing a Moorpark woman of literally stealing school children's lunch money.

   They say that from 1991 to 2016, 63-year-old Retha Mae Drummond was in charge of buying food and drinks for the Moorpark Unified School District.

   She also helped process the money collected from students for school lunches.

   Prosecutors allege that from February 2012 through November 2016, Drummond routinely stole a portion of that money and also used district funds to buy cases of soft drinks for herself.

   They say the total amount of the alleged thefts was more than $160,000.

   She is facing a dozen felony counts of embezzlment and misappropriation of public funds.

   Drummon was arrested Friday, posted bail, and was released pending her arraignment on June 4th.

   If convicted on all charges, the maximum possible sentence in more than 13 years in prison.