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John Hogan, 8:57 a.m. EDT June 21, 2016


GRAND RAPIDS — A couple hired as child care workers for developmentally disabled students are accused of fleecing Grand Rapids Public Schools out of more than $10,000.

Nicholas and Samantha Rogalski were hired last year as child care workers at Lincoln School, which provides services to students with severe impairments.

The Comstock Park couple are now awaiting trial for writing checks to themselves from a building fund account, raking in an estimated $10,200, according to court records.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation in March after Lincoln School officials contacted them about a depleted building fund account. They have both been terminated, Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman John Helmholdt said.

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She was hired as a child care worker in March 2015. Her husband was hired in September 2015 as a substitute child care worker.

The pair were to appear Monday in 63rd District Court for a preliminary hearing on felony charges, but earlier waived the hearing, sending the case to Kent County Circuit Court.

Samantha Lynn Rogalski is charged with forgery and embezzlement for writing 35 checks to herself and three checks to her husband from a building account at the Crahen Avenue campus, court records show.

In one case, a $400 check was made out to her from a Kent Vocational Options Building Council account. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Lincoln Campus council, which gave her access to the checkbook, court records show.

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