Hmmm. And I guess no one noticed over those seven years that there were days when she closed from work looking a lot heavier endowed than when she arrived in the morning?
Judith Oakes, who worked for the school district in Rialto, Calif., was caught on video stuffing cash from the lunch program into her brassiere, police said.
BY DAVID KNOWLES / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
RIALTO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Former school district accountant Judith Oakes allegedly made off with more than $2 million in lunch money, according to officials in Rialto, Calif.
A California school district accountant stands accused of padding her bra with millions of dollars in school lunch money.
Police in Rialto, Calif., allege that Judith Oakes, 48, spent the past seven years embezzling as much as $3 million in student lunch money from the school district, and say they have video of the woman stuffing cash into bra before leaving work.
“Obviously she had access to large sums of money and she was able to possess those large sums of money and get them out of the building,” Rialto police Capt. Randy De Anda told CBS-LA News.
Though official charges have yet to be filed, police say that when they went to Oakes’ house to arrest her, they found thousands of dollars in stolen cash.
Oakes worked for the school district for 25 years, but is believed to have started embezzling money seven years ago.
“The district is continuing to work closely with law enforcement to make sure that those criminally responsible are identified and prosecuted,” the Rialto Unified School District said in a statement. “We are taking all appropriate steps to recover the lost funds.”
Oakes earned a $60,000-a-year salary at her job, and has worked for the district for 25 years.
The theft is believed to be the largest white-collar crime in the Rialto police have ever investigated, De Anda said.