Prosecutor: Fake tutor scammed Philly schools out of $60K

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Prosecutors say a woman bilked the Philadelphia school district out of tens of thousands of dollars by posing as a tutor for a relative with special needs.

Federal prosecutors announced fraud charges against Patricia Clearly on Monday. They say she received nearly $60,000 from the district for tutoring services that were never provided and tried to get $30,000 more.

Investigators say she used her maiden name, Patricia Goldstein, as the name of the fictitious tutor and submitted falsified teaching credentials and a fake tax form.

Prosecutors say she threatened to sue the district when officials halted payment and tried to verify the credentials.

She has pleaded not guilty and was released on $10,000 bail.

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