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Wyoming police investigate fundraiser for school lunch debt

January 7, 2020 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming school district has paid off more than $4,000 in student lunch debt after a crowd-sourced check bounced.

The Casper Police Department has opened an investigation into the “Feed Casper Students” fundraising campaign on GoFundMe aimed at paying off the Natrona County School District’s student lunch debt, The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday.

The district accepted about $19,000 in fundraising donations in April, the same month the check bounced, school officials said.

The district paid off the lunch debt for about 250 students out of its general fund, rather than re-open the outstanding debt for the students, officials said.

A school district administrator made several attempts to reach the woman who started the fundraiser, Brittny French, authorities said.

Multiple attempts by the Star-Tribune to contact French were unsuccessful last week including through GoFundMe.

Police asked anyone who had donated to the campaign to get in touch with police.

This lunch debt is separate from a lunch debt paid off in December by the Central Wyoming Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute, police said.