Former St. Thomas More principal pleads guilty to embezzling $175,000

Bridget Coates, the former principal of St. Thomas More Catholic School in Washington, D.C., pled guilty April 4 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stealing at least $175,000 from the school’s Home School Association.

Coates, who resigned as principal of St. Thomas More School in 2018, admitted to stealing the funds between 2012 and 2017 and pled guilty to a charge of wire fraud. She agreed to pay $175,000 in restitution and an identical amount in a forfeiture money judgment.

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