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Aug 31, 2013 7:09 PM by Monica Gouty

Former school secretary pleads guilty to embezzlement

DENVER (AP) - A former financial secretary at Golden High School accused of embezzling almost $156,000 from school funds for her personal use has pleaded guilty.

The Denver Post reports 54-year-old Judith Marie Eakins of Wheat Ridge pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of theft over $20,000.

An internal audit last September revealed losses in numerous school accounts managed by Eakins between 2009 and 2012. Investigators also found that cash turned over to Eakins wasn't deposited into the school's account, and financial documents had been manipulated.

Some of the stolen money was from ticket sales to school events such as prom, concerts, drama productions and homecoming. Eakins, who also was accused of misusing a school credit card, is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 21.

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