Former Tech Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Stealing Student Funds
ST. CLOUD -- A former bookkeeper at Tech High School has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft-by-swindle after stealing more than $100,000 from student activity accounts.
Forty-six-year-old Allison Tadych of St. Cloud pleaded guilty on October 22nd and was immediately sentenced. A Stearns County judge sentenced Tadych to a staggered jail sentence of 310 days where she'll serve the time in 30-day segments. She must also pay more than $137,000 in restitution.
Tadych abruptly resigned from her position in June 2019 and the missing money was discovered when other workers took over the account.
According to the charges, the year-end review of the account revealed "a significant discrepancy" in the account balances in both 2019 and 2018. Records show an independent accounting firm then conducted a forensic audit and noted the bank deposits were different than the Quicken books used to enter the receipts from student activities and concessions.
An investigator with the St. Cloud Police Department said Tadych admitted she would take approximately $200 several times a week or whenever she needed cash. She told the investigator she would adjust the receipt numbers in the Quicken software to match smaller bank deposits.
According to the criminal complaint, Tadych said she initially planned to pay the money back but resigned when she knew she wouldn't be able to come up with the money.
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