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Tenn. school secretary charged with stealing $140K

January 15th, 2014 3:04 pm by Associated Press

Tenn. school secretary charged with stealing $140K

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former bookkeeper at a suburban Shelby County high school has been charged with stealing more than $140,000 from the school.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday that 48-year-old Toni J. Cox has been indicted on a charge of felony theft of property over $60,000.

Weirich says auditors from the state comptroller's office found that $142,307 was missing from Arlington High School's funds between July 2008 and June 2010.

The auditors said Cox, a financial secretary, altered collection records from school organizations, activities and fees.

Auditors said she controlled the school's financial transactions, including preparation of deposits. She resigned in May 2010.

Cox faces eight to 12 years if convicted. Online court records do not show if she has a lawyer.

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