From The Associated Press
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has sided with the Laurel School District in a lawsuit against a former finance director who stole more than $150,000.
In a ruling posted Thursday, the judge granted summary judgment to the district on its $151,000 fraud claim against William Hitch Jr.
Hitch was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to criminal charges and ordered to repay the money.
But the judge noted that Hitch, who claimed he was entitled to a setoff of $36,000 for unpaid salary and unused sick and vacation time, has paid back less than $5,000.
The judge rejected those setoff claims, saying Hitch raised them too late. He also ordered Hitch to pay the district's attorney fees because of what the district said was his bad faith and egregious conduct.