Ex-Evansville schools technology coordinator sentenced in theft case
“I am truly sorry for what I have done,” Anne M. Gath said. “I am ashamed of my behavior.”
Gath, 50, Madison, pleaded guilty to felony theft and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation. She also must pay restitution to the school district.
A second felony charge of misconduct in public office was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Attorneys on both sides recommended the sentence. The maximum sentence was 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Gath is a former educational technology coordinator for the district. She is suspected of using district money to order $80,307 in computers and cameras and then selling them online.
According to the criminal complaint:
Gath told investigators she has a gambling addiction and was trying to pay off $200,00 in debt.
The thefts were discovered during a meeting about buying a new computer server. Someone noticed invoices for several computers the district didn’t own. The invoices were reviewed and more questionable purchases were discovered.
Investigators tracked down three men who had bought computers on eBay, an online auction site. All three were shipped from Gath’s home address. An eBay username and e-mail address also were traced to Gath.
Gath admitted buying 163 items with district money and selling them online.
In court Thursday, Gath said she is in a 12-step program for her gambling addiction. She said she worked with wonderful people at the school district.
A restitution hearing will be held at a future date to determine how much money Gath must pay back to the school district.
Gath had no criminal record before the theft case. She will be eligible to serve her jail time in a Dane County alternative program.