Court records say the couple accused of embezzling from Lubbock ISD turned themselves in and were bonded out of jail last week. Tina Wipff, 41, and Russell Wipff, 45, of Lubbock were indicted earlier this year. They're accused of buying items at Lubbock ISD's expense and then selling the items to keep the money.
The Wipffs had the ability to buy items at LISD's expense through Sodexo, a school district contractor. Russell is indicted for theft between $1,500 and $20,000. His wife is indicted for theft over $100,000, although Tina's indictment indicates the value is actually more than $200,000.
Lubbock ISD said last year that nearly half a million dollars worth of items had been embezzled from the district. At that time, LISD's written statements did not mention the Wipffs by name. Lubbock ISD says it was able to recover restitution from Sodexo, including the estimated $446,000 in losses to the district.
"Every penny associated with the fraud was taken care of by the company and an additional amount, well over $1 million, was paid to the school district just to make it right," LISD Superintendent Karen Garza said.
The indictment says Russell Wipff unlawfully took weed eaters, trimmers, edgers, chainsaw, leaf blowers, and lawn mowers. Tina Wipff is accused of unlawfully taking cameras, calculators, camera lenses, cell phones, dictionaries, and personal digital assistants.
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