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District 50: Clerk charged with fund misuse

HARVARD – A former accounts payable clerk has been charged in a misuse of District 50 funds that surfaced in mid-October.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office charged Krystal Ohlenroth with felony theft, District 50 said in a news release.

Ohlenroth, who had been with the district 11 years, was fired Oct. 23 after an internal investigation.

The district did not reveal how much money was involved or for how long the improper use of funds existed.

The district took steps to “secure its financial accounts and computer network” after concerns surfaced. Since then, it has continued to evaluate how finances are handled, the release said.

“We’ve made changes, yes,” school district spokesman Bill Clow said. “We’ve made changes to ... how we manage different financial transactions.”

The Harvard Police Department investigated the misuse of funds. No one from the department was available to comment Saturday.

–Shawn Shinneman

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