The alleged yearslong scam at the North Side elementary school appeared to have noble intentions — squeezing extra money out of the Chicago Public Schools to pay for legitimate classroom expenses.
But the feds say as much as $200,000 really went elsewhere — including to pay the mortgage on the home of then-Brennemann Elementary School Principal Sarah Jackson Abedelal.
Now the onetime school principal has been hit with 10 counts of wire fraud in a new federal indictment. Abedelal pleaded not guilty through her lawyer during an afternoon court appearance. Prosecutors said she was arrested at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Abedelal’s lawyer, Steven Decker, later described his client in an email as “a well-respected principal and educator.”
“If true, these charges represent a betrayal of trust unbecoming of any public servant, especially those who serve students and families,” CPS said in its own statement. “This type of conduct has no place at…