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GESD employee indicted on fraudulent charges

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A Sedona woman and former Glendale Elementary School District employee was indicted today for transferring district funds to a personal account.

Deborah Lynn Santa Cruz , 53, was indicted for fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, misuse of public monies and forgery, according to Attorney General Tom Horne. She was the Executive Secretary to the Superintendent of the Glendale Elementary School District for many years until she retired in June 2008.

"This is a very serious matter," Horne said.  "It is very disturbing to think that taxpayer dollars intended for the educational needs of young students may have been misused, and my office will vigorously prosecute this matter."

Police say Santa Cruz diverted school district funds to a personal bank account, amounting to $14,680. This went on from Jan. 1, 2004 until May 31, 2008.

She is also charged with four counts of misuse of public monies: one for theft, two unauthorized purposes using district funds, and one for the purchase of 715 books that were never received by the district.

Santa Cruz allegedly made false log entries and purchasing documents, for which she has four additional charges for forgery.

Police make note that these charges are merely allegations.

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