Lunch lady sisters accused of stealing nearly $500G from Connecticut school system

Lunch lady sisters accused of stealing nearly $500G from Connecticut school system
Joanne Pascarell, Marie Wilson (Image: New Canaan Police Department)

[Ed. – That’s a lot of bread.]

Two sisters who oversaw cafeteria operations at two separate schools in the same Connecticut town are accused of stealing nearly half-a-million dollars from the school system over a period of at least five years.

Authorities say Joanne Pascarelli, 61, and 67-year-old Marie Wilson turned themselves in to New Canaan police this weekend after warrants were issued for their arrest. They have been accused of first-degree larceny by defrauding a community.

Investigators said the pair apparently skimmed money from cafeteria cash registers for up to 15 years, though Connecticut’s statute of limitations prevents investigators from going back further than 2012.

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According to the arrest warrants, cashiers did not count the money in their cash registers before or after their shifts. Instead, Pascarelli and Wilson collected the cash drawers and counted the money in their offices. Some employees told police that Pascarelli would visit between lunch periods and take large bills out of the registers. The warrants also said that the suspects would have the cashiers sign blank deposit slips for the bank.

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