Due to the potential dangers caused by the bones, chicken wings are not provided in schools. However, despite the pandemic, the food service director of a school district in the Chicago area allegedly ordered 11,000 cases of them.
For many years, Vera Liddell worked for the “impoverished” region that WGN portrays. The district allegedly kept providing students with meals via a pick-up option even after they started doing remote learning due to COVID.
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From July 2020 to February 2022, Liddell is accused of placing hundreds of extra orders (mainly of chicken wings) with Gordon Food Service for food that never made it to the schools. According to CBS Chicago, Gordon Food Service submitted invoices to the district for the $1.5 million in improper orders, and the invoices were paid. However, a routine audit done in January 2022 revealed that the district had already spent $300,000 more than it had budgeted on food with half the school year still to go.
After that, prosecutors claim they looked into invoices and found ones that Liddell, then 66 years old, had signed for all those wings. Officials haven’t said where they think Liddell took the food, but security footage shows him reportedly picking it up in a district vehicle.
Liddell was allegedly well-known at Gordon Food Service “because to the huge amount of chicken wings she would purchase,” according to court documents. She is being jailed on a $150,000 bond after being arrested for theft charges.
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