A state grand jury has indicted the Elizabeth school board president on charges of stealing from the free lunch program by filing false applications for her own children.

Marie Munn is charged with theft by deception and tampering with public records or information.

Prosecutors say the theft cost taxpayers $4,549 over five years. Authorities say Munn understated her household income, which exceeded the limit by as much as $100,000 in one year.

Defense lawyers previously said Munn believed the form used to register for the program was to be filled out for all children in the school district and was not an application. She said that after learning her two children had received free lunches since 2006, she repaid the school district.

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