Ruth Ann McInnis appeared in General Sessions Court on two charges of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card up to $1,000. A special judge will be appointed to hear her case. Her next court date is January 6, 2023.
McInnis, who is a school secretary at Hickory Creek Elementary in Warren County, was arrested Nov. 29 after detectives found she stole two elementary students’ pandemic food benefit cards to buy groceries.
A McMinnville Police Department detective pulled transaction records and found the card was used 20 times from Jan. 10 to Nov. 15 and more than $700 was spent.
Detectives pulled transaction records for the second student’s card and found McInnis used the card 12 times, totaling nearly $500.
McInnis continues to be suspended while the school investigates.