HARVEY, Ill. — A Chicago area school district official has been indicted for the theft of $1.5 million worth of food, mostly chicken wings.

Vera Liddell, 66, was being held at the Cook County Jail on $150,000 bond. WGN-TV reported on Monday.

Liddell worked as the director of food service for Harvey School District 152.

More than 11,000 boxes of chicken wings were ordered from the district’s food supplier and then picked up in a district cargo van, according to court documents reviewed by the television station.

The food was ordered during the height of the coronavirus pandemic at a time when students were receiving education remotely and not allowed to attend classes in school buildings. The district continued to provide meals for students that their parents could pick up.

Prosecutors say district funds were used to pay for the meal, but nothing was brought into the district or given to students. A routine mid-year audit found the district was $300,000 over its annual food service budget, despite only being halfway through that academic year.

The district’s business manager discovered signed invoices for «large quantities of chicken wings, an item that was never served to students because they contained bones,» prosecutors said.

The Associated Press could not determine Monday afternoon whether Liddell has an attorney.

More than 80% of the 1,600 students who attend the district’s five schools qualify as low-income, according to the television station.