Crime

White River school employee charged with theft for missing $25,000

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a White River School District employee with first-degree theft after an audit uncovered more than $20,000 missing.

Victor Robbins, 44, is set to be arraigned Aug. 12.

Robbins was an assistant coordinator for the district’s Community Activities Program, helping run before-and-after school programs for kids. He was put on paid administrative leave in February after the missing money was discovered and resigned in April.

Robbins has paid back more than $13,000, according to court records.

He told The News Tribune earlier this month that he’d made a big mistake and let a lot of people down.

A state audit showed Robbins enrolled his two daughters in school programs from September 2010 to January 2014 but failed to pay nearly $10,000.

During the same time frame, he allegedly collected $10,747 from other families for the programs but never deposited the money in the school district’s account.

Robbins defrauded the district of $25,725, prosecutors said.

“The defendant was asked why he did that and he said it was just bad judgment,” according to charging papers.

The district now requires parents to pay fees directly to the Community Activities Program office in person or mail instead of leaving cash at Kids Klub school sites.

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