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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Wise quit her job after she was confronted by Yukon school officials, records show.

“She did tell school officials she wished to make restitution, because she feels responsible as a manager,” the affidavit states, “but denies the thefts.”

In total, the affidavit shows the defendant stole $8,270 during the 2011-2012 school year.

Wise left evidence

Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Bill Denton said the district began to suspect something was amiss at Lakeview after officials noticed “some discrepancies in some of the deposits.”

Denton said the district began to investigate, but didn't truly figure out the scheme until they found some evidence left by Wise.

“We really didn't figure out the system she used until we found some handwritten notes that she did so she could keep track of the cash she took,” Denton said. “She would come back weeks later and make the entry into the students' accounts so that it never showed up that their account wasn't accounted for when she took the cash.”

Court records show Wise was released Tuesday after posting $9,000 bail.

Messages left at Wise's home were not returned Tuesday.

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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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