SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A teacher who liked to play slot machines has been charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from a suburban Detroit school.

Authorities say ticket sales for the 2016 homecoming dance at Dakota High School should have totaled about $30,000, but only $11,000 was deposited.

Lydia Johnson, a Spanish teacher, was responsible for all money related to student events at Dakota. The prosecutor’s office says she should have collected nearly $13,000 in fees for a trip to a camp but only $500 was deposited.

Johnson appeared in court Thursday. It wasn’t known if she has a lawyer.

Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith says records at MGM Casino show Johnson spent more than $90,000 last year playing penny slot machines.

The school district placed her on leave in May.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.