Yukon cafeteria worker accused of stealing $8,000 in lunch money

A cafeteria worker at a Yukon elementary school is charged with computer crimes and stealing more than $8,000 in lunch money during the last school year, court records show.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: January 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013
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— A former cafeteria manager at a Yukon elementary school is accused of stealing more than $8,000 in lunch money during the last school year.

Connie Lynn Wise, 54, was arrested Monday and booked into the Canadian County jail. She is charged with four counts of embezzlement and one count of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Wise, who has resigned from the district, worked at Lakeview Elementary School as a cafeteria manager before her arrest.

An affidavit filed in Canadian County District Court shows that Wise would pocket cash intended to prepay students' meal accounts. The defendant then “manipulated the computer system” to conceal the thefts, records show.

“An audit of the software revealed that numerous prepayments for students' lunches were backdated in the computer program,” the affidavit states. “The defendant was responsible for making these false computer entries based upon the user identification.”

Court records show that Wise took money from students on “approximately” 150 individual school days last year.

“With few exceptions, the only days that money was not missing were the days that the defendant did not come to work due to illness,” the affidavit states.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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