Posted BY: Teresa | NwoReport
CHICAGO – Bond was set at $150,000 Thursday for a Dolton woman accused of stealing over $1.5 million of food – primarily chicken wings – while working as a consultant for a school district in south suburban Cook County, according to court documents.
Vera Lidell, 66, began working as the Director of Food Services for Harvey School District 152 in July 2020, according to a proffer from her bond hearing.
Between July 2020 and February 2022, prosecutors said Liddell placed hundreds of unauthorized orders for food items, including 11,000 cases of chicken wings, through the school district’s main supplier, Gordon Food Service. The orders were placed separately from the district’s legitimate orders, prosecutors said.
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“The massive fraud began at the height of COVID during a time when students were not allowed to be physically present in school. Even though the children were learning remotely, the school district continued to provide meals for the students that their families could pick up,” the proffer said.