Ex-NYC Principal Admits Stealing More Than $20K From Junior High School

The married educator admitted he spent much of the money on his girlfriend, according to investigators

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    A former principal has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from his Bronx junior high school's bank account.

    Robert Hannibal pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny Thursday for taking money from Junior High School 145's account between 2010 and 2012.

    Investigators from the New York City Department of Education's special commissioner of investigation's office say the married educator admitted he spent much of the money on his girlfriend.

    Hannibal paid $21,080.83 in restitution and was fined an additional $5,000.

    Hannibal started working in city schools in 1979. He earned $148,224 when he retired last year.

    There was no answer at a phone number listed for Hannibal.

    Department of Education spokesman Harry Hartfield said Hannibal "violated the trust of the students, families and city he was supposed to serve. "