Crime

Former White River School District employee pleads not guilty to stealing school funds

A former employee accused of stealing more than $20,000 in services and cash from the White River School District pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court.

Victor Robbins, 44, was released on his own recognizance pending trial.

Prosecutors said Robbins, who helped coordinate the district’s Community Activity Program from September 2010 to February 2014, enrolled his own children in the program without paying for it, a loss to the district of about $9,500.

He also allegedly stole about $10,000 in cash from the program, which provides before- and after-school services for kids, court records show.

Another school district employee discovered the alleged theft earlier this year, and an audit confirmed the losses, court records show.

Robbins admitted to stealing the money but did not give a reason, the records state.

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