State Prosecutor announced the indictment charges for Leslie Lewis, a former principal of Baltimore Community High School. She being charged with stealing more than $13,000 from a school account and withdrawing the cash from an ATM at Maryland Live Casino. (Baltimore Sun video)

The former principal of an alternative high school in Southeast Baltimore has been indicted on charges of stealing nearly $13,400 from a school account — proceeds from the sale of school uniforms, class dues, graduation fees — and withdrawing the cash repeatedly from an ATM at Maryland Live Casino, state prosecutors said.

The charges against Leslie Lewis, 44, of Owings Mills, bring to three to the number of city schools administrators charged in recent years with raiding their school coffers to spend on themselves. Others paid for utility bills and legal fees, a 19-day hotel stay in New Jersey, even wedding expenses.


Lewis' alleged thefts span the three years she worked as principal of Baltimore Community High School before the school closed last June. She stole $13,409 from an account she set up for the school, prosecutors said.

The account included proceeds from a fundraiser at The Greene Turtle, a refund check from Kings Dominion, and checks from the Department of Social Services. Prosecutors said she spent the money at the Anne Arundel County casino, making withdrawals and purchases at Maryland Live.

The Office of the State Prosecutor announced the indictments Monday, charging Lewis and her former colleague Albert Fluker, 45, of Randallstown. Fluker formerly worked as a teacher at the alternative high school near the Dundalk line. Lewis is charged with theft, misappropriation and conspiracy to commit theft; Fluker with theft and conspiracy.

"There is no one more trusted and relied upon in the school system than a school principal," State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said in a statement. "The betrayal of that trust by Ms. Lewis is monumentally offensive and cannot be tolerated."

City schools officials declined to comment, citing the ongoing criminal cases. Spokeswoman Edie House Foster said Fluker's employment with the district ended when the high school closed last June and Lewis was reassigned to the central office; she is currently on leave.

Lewis also is charged with falsifying purchase orders to obtain about $40,700 worth of technology from Baltimore schools, including Bose speakers, Apple MacBooks and iPads, projectors, printers and digital cameras. Lewis and Fluker are charged with stealing four flat-screen TVs from Baltimore Community High School.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Lewis or Fluker; neither returned messages Monday.

In recent years, state prosecutors have brought similar cases against Alisha Trusty, former principal of Western High School in North Baltimore, and William Howard II, former principal of Coppin Academy in West Baltimore.

Trusty pleaded guilty to stealing from a student activity fund at Western and was sentenced in October 2015 to five years of probation and ordered to pay the money back. From 2011 to 2014, prosecutors said, Trusty used the account to buy $25,000 worth of personal items and to pay bills, personal legal fees and the 19-day hotel stay in New Jersey. Trusty told a judge she was "very ashamed," saying the thefts cost her a 17-year career.

The former Coppin Academy principal, Howard, pleaded guilty in 2013 to stealing more than $10,000 from a school fund after he left as principal. He was sentenced to four years of probation, 150 hours of community service, and ordered to pay back the money. Prosecutors said Howard transferred the money into his bank account in 2011 — he left Coppin Academy in 2008 — and used the money for personal purchases, including wedding expenses.