Former Tulsa Public School Athletic Director Stephanie Spring pleaded guilty to charges she embezzled money.
Last month, Spring pleaded not guilty in federal court. Spring is the former Athletic Director of the Tulsa Public Schools, a recipient of federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education. It is alleged that during 2011, while serving as Athletic Director, Spring rented certain school facilities and misappropriated rental proceeds by depositing those funds into her own personal account.
Today, Spring entered a guilty plea and agreed that she owes $92,218.72 in restitution to the Tulsa Public Schools.
Tulsa Public Schools released the following statement about the plea:
“We are pleased that Ms. Spring has chosen to plead guilty in federal court today. These are dollars that should have gone into the District’s general fund, and were instead diverted and used by Ms. Spring to enrich herself. Her actions clearly caused harm to TPS students and damaged the reputation of our district. When taking on the responsibility of leadership, particularly in athletics, we hold ourselves out as an example to our youth. It is disappointing when that sacred responsibility is treated so casually and with such disregard. At least today we get some acknowledgement from Ms. Spring that she violated the public trust.
Our thanks to the U.S. Attorney’s office for their diligence and hard work. We are appreciative of the many hours that have gone into the investigation of this case, as well as the fine work of the TPS Police Department.”
At sentencing, Spring faces up to ten years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and mandatory restitution. A sentencing date will be set by the Court.