Former Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Director Stephanie Spring changes her plea. She now admits to stealing school district money from facility rental fees. She entered a not guilty plea last month in federal court.
Spring was ordered to repay the school district $90,000 as part of her plea. She will be sentenced in June.
Statement from Tulsa Public Schools regarding Stephanie Spring’s ‘guilty’ plea on charges of embezzlement:
“We understand that Ms. Stephanie Spring has pleaded guilty in federal court today to her wrongdoing of taking public funds for private gain. The funds she took involve thousands of dollars that should have gone into the District’s general fund, and were instead diverted and used by Ms. Spring to enrich herself. Her actions clearly caused harm to TPS students and damaged the reputation of our District. When taking on the responsibility of leadership in our public schools, including our athletics programs, we hold ourselves out as an example to our youth. It is disappointing when that very important responsibility is disregarded and for personal gain in violation of the public trust. We are hopeful that this process will now allow the District to recoup those funds that have been wrongfully taken from our students.
“Our thanks to the Western District U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI for their diligence and hard work. We are appreciative of the many hours that have gone into the investigation of this case, as well as the fine work of the TPS Campus Police Department.”