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Lowell School Clerk Who May Have Embezzled Funds No Longer Employed

December 1, 2018

LOWELL -- A school worker alleged to have embezzled a “significant” amount of money is no longer employed by the School Department.

“The School Department employee’s last day of employment was Nov. 28, 2018,” Acting Superintendent Jeannine Durkin confirmed in a Friday evening email.

It remains unclear whether the former employee resigned or was terminated, and whether the person will face charges in connection with the allegedly misappropriated funds.

When asked about the nature of the employee’s departure, Durkin said she “cannot comment any further on specific personnel actions.”

The incident remains under investigation by Lowell police.

The employee was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday following the discovery of the missing funds, believed to total $50,000 or more, from a general student activities fund.

The Sun learned Wednesday that a department clerk named Karen Brekalis was a suspect in the case. Brekalis is listed as a clerk at Sullivan Middle School on the school’s website. In the Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget, Brekalis is identified as an account business clerk in the district’s central office earning $46,368 annually.

Brekalis did not respond to an attempt to contact her via Facebook.

Mayor William Samaras did not immediately return a request for comment.

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