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St. Patrick's finance director accused of stealing $202,000

Original post made on Apr 2, 2013

Jennifer Margret Morris, the 57-year-old finance director for St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, has been charged in the theft of $202,000 and a 1982 Mercedes from the institution.

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Posted by Audits-Thwart-Thefts
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

Ususally these situations develop because there are no routine, and random, audits scheduled for these small The Administration of this school is responsible for insuring that all of the employees do their jobs. Even though the thefts were perpetrated by the employees in that department, the fact that there were (presumably) no audits scheduled is a failure the the school's headmaster, and any board of directors that might exist.

These kinds of problems could be vastly reduced in number if society would demand both internal, and external, audits of its institutions--and stop trusting people who are not worthy of trust.

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Do I misunderstand this use of the word, "reimburse"?
Or is this written unclearly?

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Posted by Accountant
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Obviously, this woman stole. But I have used my personal credit card to buy things for a company where I am only an employee. The President of the company knows this. I get flight miles and get reimbursed. But the company gets the benefit of my not needing to be reimbursed for the charges until the credit card bill is due.

This doesn't seem like fraud to me.

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Posted by Confusion
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

It is pretty common to charge company expenses to your own card and then submit receipts for reimbursements. Nothing wrong with that. The problem arose because she was the person who processed the reimbursements too. There was no oversight.

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Wow, are they hiring? #:^)

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm

What a despicable pair! I hope that some of the funds are recovered, since so much of what's happening w/them now is on our dime.

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Posted by Heinous witch
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

These women are the lowest of the low.

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Posted by brings up a question
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 12:25 am

$202,000 is a lot of money. Wasn't there some scandal like this with the superintendent of Portola Valley? Our district has seemingly no professional checks and balances on our administrators and financial directors -- just a question, who is minding the PAUSD store so something like that doesn't happen to us?

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Posted by some guy
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 3, 2013 at 6:15 am

good to know they can afford bail

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Posted by NOT ENOUGH
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm


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Posted by Jean G
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

It is my understanding that there were audits every year but this woman was shrewd and had every intention of stealing (call it what it is) from the church. She knew what she was doing and is nothing more than a common thief! She should go to jail--- consequences for her actions. Perhaps jail time will give her time to reflect and repent - not just for the theft but everything she has done to adversely affect others. She has no morals or principles......

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Posted by 2bFair
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

Only one of these women are scum and that's Jennifer Morris. She was using the other woman who had no idea what was really going on. The press doesn't have all their info correct.

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Posted by Specially4you
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Someone should take a close look at the new Director of Finance Ms Sharon Knestrick and see what amount of money she is taking from the company now in days. As I know of she is a x'20 Jennifer Morris except she's not out for thousands but a couple billions.

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