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Teacher pleads no contest to embezzling from students

Associated Press

Shelby Township– A teacher who liked to play slot machines has pleaded no contest to embezzling money from student activities at a suburban Detroit school.

Lydia Johnson was a Spanish teacher at Dakota High School and must repay $30,000 to the Chippewa Valley school district. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) says she’ll be placed on probation and must get help for a gambling problem.

Lydia Johnson

Authorities say records at MGM Casino show Johnson spent more than $90,000 playing penny slot machines.

The school district placed her on leave in May.