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School bookkeeper charged with theft

July 18, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

A bookkeeper at a Lee County middle school is accused of stealing nearly $8,000.00 that was intended to benefit students at the school.

Yidenia Alonso, 32, of 1564 Gretchen Ave., was arrested and charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud. She worked as a bookkeeper at Varsity Lakes Middle School.

An internal audit by the Lee County School District showed money that Alonso collected from students, parents and teachers was unaccounted for. A complaint was made to the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the case was turned over to LCSO's Economic Crimes Unit.

The investigation revealed that between February 2009 and March 2010, Alonso was given $7,879.36 in cash and checks. The money was paid by parents for their children to attend the school's morning program. Alonso also collected money from concession stand and ticket sales to school events.

The investigation shows that Alonso was careful to deposit the checks she was given into the school's account, but she would pocket much of the cash for herself.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office



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