Updated: 12:14 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 | Posted: 5:07 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

Gwinnett Principal Resigns Over Criminal Past


A Gwinnett County assistant principal has resigned following an internal investigation that revealed she had a criminal past that school officials didn’t know about.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Manuel Bojorquez did some digging and found that Five Forks Middle School assistant principal Andrea Miller was convicted of a felony for mortgage fraud.

Bojorquez uncovered documents that showed Andrea Renee Miller, who also goes by Andrea Johnson, was convicted by a jury in December 2007 for mortgage fraud in DeKalb County. Bojorquez also found several booking photos through DeKalb County court websites.

While the conviction wasn’t for a violent crime, it should still have been reported to school officials under Georgia’s code of ethics for educators, but it wasn’t.

Bojorquez spoke with one parent who was actually disappointed in Miller’s resignation.

“Whatever she did ... if she did it ... I would consider it a white collar crime and I don't really think that in this situation, at her job at Five Forks ... mortgages are something that she was dealing with ... she was dealing with kids,” the parent said.

Bojorquez spoke with a representative for the Gwinnett County Public Schools system who confirmed the assistant principal’s resignation and the internal investigation. School officials said Miller had been employed since January 2004, well before any charges or the conviction were documented. The school system said it performs background checks on all of its employees when their certification is up for renewal.

Channel 2 visited Andrea Miller's DeKalb County home, but there was no answer at the door. Action News also tried calling the home, but got no answer as well.

“We all have a past … and you know, at some point, we have to carry on,” the parent said. “She was an educator ... and it had something to do with a mortgage, so maybe she shouldn't teach math.”

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