Former Glendale Elementary School District employee indicted for theft, forgery

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A former employee of the Glendale Elementary School District is facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly stealing money from the district.

Attorney General Tom Horne announced on Wednesday that 53-year-old Deborah Lynn Santa Cruz has been indicted for fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, misuse of public monies, and forgery.

Santa Cruz was the executive secretary to the Glendale Elementary School District’s Superintendent for several years before eventually retiring in June 2008.

The indictment alleges that from Jan. 1, 2004 through May 31, 2008 Santa Cruz diverted funds from the school district to an unauthorized personal bank account that she had opened.

Santa Cruz is accused of stealing more than $14,600 from the school district.

“This is a very serious matter,” said Horne. “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.”