No. Smithfield teacher arrested, charged with stealing $6,866

No. Smithfield teacher arrested, charged with stealing $6,866

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A North Smithfield Middle School teacher was arrested on Thursday, July 24 and has been accused of stealing nearly $7,000 from the School Department.

Brian Chuey, 29, of Cranston has been charged with two counts of felony larceny after allegedly stealing $6,866, according to a release from the North Smithfield Police Department. He is being held pending an appearance before a Justice of the Peace.

Chuey taught Social Studies at the Middle School.

Supt. Stephen Lindberg said he was alerted of the problem by Middle School Principal John Lahar.

"We had worked an an internal investigation on some funds that were missing at the Middle School," Lindberg told The Breeze.

Lahar alerted school authorities and the department followed internal procedures, delivering the results to local police yesterday, Lindberg explained.

Lindberg said the missing funds were related to school field trips.

"It was part of John's internal process as he closed out activity accounts at the end of the year," Lindberg said of the discovery.

More information on this developing story will be reported as it becomes available.