Polk deputies arrest Kathleen HS employee

On Monday, PCSO deputies arrested 28-year-old Kathleen High School employee -- Kaelin Mancuso -- for manipulating school funds. She is a Physical Education teacher at Kathleen High School, and the head softball coach.

Here is a timeline of the events in which was arrested and charged for:

On March 31, 2016, Dean Koulogianes of Instrument Solutions, sponsored one of the players for the softball team in expectation of an advertisement banner for his company. Koulogianes submitted a check in the amount of $300.00 made payable to "Dirt Devils Softball." This check was never turned in by Mancuso and no advertisement banner was ever ordered for Instrument Solutions.

On July 1, 2016 the check was deposited by mobile deposit into Mancuso's personal bank account at MidFlorida Credit Union. The check was altered as the "Pay to the Order of" was changed from "Dirt Devils Softball" to read "Kaelin Mancuso."

Mancuso turned a form to the high school, dated June 10, 2016, reporting that no monew was received from the sponsorship banners promotion. Kathleen High School staff could find no records of an advertising banner being ordered or displayed at the school.

On April 23, 2016, North Lakeland Baseball and Softball Inc. submitted a check to the softball team for a workday the team helped the organization with. The check was made payable to "Kathleen Softball" in the amount of $200.00.

This check was also not turned into the school and on August 25, 2016 the check was deposited into Kaelin Mancuso's personal MidFlorida Credit Union bank account. The check was altered as "Pay to the Order of" section was changed from "Kathleen Softball" to read "Kaelin Mancuso."

On August 8, 2016, North Lakeland Baseball and Softball Inc. submitted a check to Kathleen High School Softball for "Opening Day Help". The check was made payable to "Kathleen Softball" in the amount of $200.00.

This check was not turned into the school and on August 25, 2016 the check was deposited into Kaelin Mancuso's personal MidFlorida Credit Union bank account.
The check was altered as "Pay to the Order of" section was changed from "Kathleen Softball" to read "Kaelin Mancuso."

The mobile deposits were made from Mancuso's personal cell phone number.

Kathleen High School checked the financial record for the Softball team and found no deposits into the softball account since November 2015.

Post-Miranda Mancuso stated she received the two donation checks from North Lakeland Baseball and Softball in late August. She said she did not believe the school would accept them so she whited out the name and wrote her name on the check and deposited the checks into her personal bank account. She said she used the money to purchase team equipment and never reported it to the school.

Mancuso also stated she received the sponsorship/advertisement check from Instrument Solutions, but said it was for her fall ball team, which is a school-related travel ball team, but not affiliated with the school. She said she whited out the name on the check and wrote her name and deposited it into her personal bank account. She purchased team equipment with the money and did not report it to the school. She did not know the check was to be used for any advertising and did not think it was related to the sponsorship fundraiser her team was conducting at the time the check was written.

Mancuso said she did not know it was wrong to change the checks and said she did not steal any money.

By altering three checks and depositing the checks into her personal bank account via mobile deposit, Mancuso committed the offenses of forgery (3x) and uttering a forged/altered instrument (3x). By not turning over the funds to Kathleen High School Mancuso committed the offense of grand theft.

Mancuso will have a first appearance hearing on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.


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