OPM Addiction

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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ROBIN LYONS, AUTHOR, WEBSITEBLOG POST #257: OPM Addiction

Since this is the biggest shopping week of the year, I thought it would be fitting to share research on a true-crime involving a school district’s chief financial officer (CFO) who had an apparent addiction to “Other People’s Money” (OPM). Read More

Not So Fast

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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ROBIN LYONS, AUTHOR, WEBSITEWhile schools were closed due to an abundance of caution with the COVID-19 outbreak, the court system continued to sentenced people for school-related crimes.

This woman thought she’d set herself up for a comfortable retirement life. Not so fast—she received a wake-up call when law enforcement came knocking.

BLOG POST #229: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school student finance clerk.

She had worked as a student finance clerk for 19 years before she retired. Almost two years after she’d retired, she was indicted on 222 felony embezzlement counts. Read More

Greed and the Perfect Audit

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons blogBLOG POST #211: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school district chief financial officer.

As the chief financial officer in the K-12 school district with close to thirty-five thousand students, his salary was one of the highest in the district. He’d been with the district twenty-five years.

High Marks

For twenty-four years, the school district’s independent auditors gave the school district high marks for their excellent financial practices. As would be expected, the superintendent proudly spoke to the school board about this incredible achievement.

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Unscrupulous Administrator

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Abuse of public funds. Fleecing of America. Whatever spin you want to put on stealing money from schools—plain and simple, it’s beyond stupid.

To begin with, schools don’t have a lot of money, so when someone spends extravagantly or steals, eventually someone will notice.

Schools regularly have other agencies and independent auditors reviewing the books. Eventually, someone will notice when money goes missing or a payment looks suspicious.

BLOG POST #156: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an unscrupulous associate superintendent.

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Ruthless Christian School Headmaster

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

First, thank you for taking time from your busy life to read my post. I believe with knowledge of school violence and awareness we can make a difference.

Some crimes involving schools aren’t violent. Nonetheless, they negatively impact everyone in the school and to some degree the community as well.

BLOG POST #90: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving the Headmaster of a Christian School.

First red flag: One year before he joined the church, the headmaster was convicted of federal tax violations.

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