Former Clay schools employee accused of stealing items, selling them online

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

A former information technology specialist for the Clay County School District was arrested Tuesday after deputies said he stole $19,000 worth of equipment from several schools and later sold the items online.

Michael Francisco, 53, of Green Cove Springs, was arrested at his home at 1:32 p.m. after detectives said he stole computer and audio-visual equipment, including computer monitors, televisions, projectors and computer memory kits from several schools he worked for in the county, Clay County Sheriff's Office public information officer Mary Justino said in an email.

Officials said Francisco later sold the items, worth about $19,000, on eBay over the course of several years. Francisco had worked for the school district for eight years before the district learned of his alleged activities, Justino said.

Deputies said Francisco used the money he obtained from the sales to pay his bills and purchase items for his family, Justino said.

Francisco was charged with one felony count of racketeering, according to the arrest report. He remained Wednesday at the Clay County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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