Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Former financial secretary charged in six-figure theft from Golden High School in Denver

A former Golden High School secretary is suspected of embezzling $156,000 from the school.

Judith Marie Eakins, 53, was arrested Tuesday by Golden police, according to a Jefferson County District Attorney's media release.

In September an internal audit at the school revealed losses in numerous accounts managed by Eakins between 2009 and 2012, according to prosecutors.

Eakins has worked at the school since 1999, working her way up to financial secretary in July 2008. She left the school in November 2012.

The audit team said that Eakins "manipulated" financial documents and there was "discrepancies in receipts indicating that cash turned in to Eakins was not deposited into the school's account.

Some of the money Eakins allegedly embezzled "came from ticket sales to school events such as prom, concerts, drama productions and homecoming events," the release said. As a school staff member, "Eakins worked the door or gate at some of these events and personally collected money for tickets sales."

Eakins is suspected of having misused the school credit card and taken property she purchased with card for her personal use, the DA's office said.

She has been charged with theft and embezzlement of public property, both felonies. She is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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