Former Mobile principal sentenced for theft

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A former Booker T. Washington Middle School principal has received a suspended sentence and no jail time after repaying more than $68,000 stolen from the Mobile County Public School System.

Bernard Johnson, who pleaded guilty to first-degree property theft on Jan. 8, has paid back the money he stole in 2007.

The judge gave the 43-year-old Johnson a 10-year sentence, then suspended it and placed him on five years of probation.

The missing funds were discovered in an audit conducted by school officials.

He funneled part of the money through the Stewart Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, where he was pastor, and repaid some of it after he was caught.

Assistant District Attorney Geoffery Alexander said he paid the rest - $46,000 in certified checks - last week.

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