Former Moorpark Unified School District Employee Sentenced for Embezzling Public Funds

Retha Mae Drummond (DOB 3/1/56), of Moorpark, was sentenced after pleading guilty to five felony counts of misappropriation of public funds.

Drummond was employed by the Moorpark Unified School District from 1991 until 2016. During the last four years of her employment she worked in the child nutrition department where she was responsible for purchasing food and drinks for school lunches. She also helped process money collected in association with lunch sales. It is alleged that, from February 2012 through November 2016, Drummond routinely stole a portion of the cash paid by students for food and drinks.

This case involved an in-depth investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.

Judge Gilbert Romero sentenced Drummond to 365 days in the Ventura County jail, 36 months formal probation and search terms. Prior to being sentenced, Drummond paid restitution in the amount of $168,810.


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Rana Emens
Rana Emens
3 months ago

That’s still less money than what school administrators or principals make, and Superintendents walk away with twice that each year like they are robbing a bank or something.

Isn’t it also a ‘misappropriation of public funds’ for individuals in upper management at our local school districts to use public funds to hire a lawyer to target and harm an employee? Because PVSD’s Bob Rust did that when he hired lawyer Margaret Chidester of Orange County to do just that to their employee after she was promoted (they lied about her promotion and subsequently harmed her and her license). So can we also add lying and corruption to those charges? What do we call it that they lied to investigators and the entire time they were being sued. There’s a Misuse/abuse of power and a violation of public trust by the powers that be in Ventura County- maybe y’all should focus on the big fish