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Brighton man charged with fraud is former Trenton school principal

Trenton’s Murray Centennial Public School – Image via Facebook

A Brighton man facing a number of fraud-related charges is a former Trenton school principal, accused of misappropriating over $80,000 worth of funds; these charges are “related to his role as principal,” according to Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB Superintendent of Education John Ford in a letter to school board families obtained by Quinteist.

Ford explained that the accused, Todd Bishop, served as principal of Murray Centennial Public School from September 2018 to September 2023.

“Mr. Bishop is no longer an employee with the board,” Ford wrote. “As a public organization, we take our responsibility for financial accountability very seriously.”

In a Feb. 14 media release, Prince Edward County OPP said they have arrested and charged Bishop, 51, “following of a lengthy fraud investigation.” He was charged with criminal breach of trust; three counts of forgery; four counts of fraud over $5,000; one count of fraud under $5,000; four counts of theft over $5,000; and one count of theft under $5,000. Charges have not been proven in court.

Ford said that the school board has ongoing processes in place for the monitoring of all school-related funds.

“Whenever we believe there may be financial irregularities within a school, we immediately contact police authorities,” he explained. “In this case, we reported these irregularities to the Ontario Provincial Police.”

The school board also conducted their own investigation, Ford said. “As part of our internal investigation, we have replaced all school-based funds that were lost.”

Bishop was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on February 29, 2024. 

Quinteist will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they are made available.

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