Former Tolleson school district employee accused of embezzlement

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

TOLLESON, Ariz. – A former Tolleson Union High School District employee is accused of embezzling and misusing more than $10,000.

Jamie Fimbres has been indicted on felony charges related to theft, misuse of public monies and fraudulent schemes.

District administrators reported a fraud allegation to the State of Arizona Office of the Auditor General.

An investigation revealed that from July 2009 to September 2011, Fimbres unlawfully appropriated $10,521 of public monies for her personal benefit while employed as the principal's administrative assistant for Sierra Linda High School.

According to the Office of the Auditor General, Fimbres personally used public monies she deposited in her personal checking account and in a private bank account that school officials erroneously authorized.

Fimbres allegedly used these monies, along with a school facility rental payment, for her personal benefit.

On Monday, the Arizona Attorney General's Office presented evidence of Fimbres' alleged crimes to the state grand jury, resulting in her indictment on three felony counts.

Fimbres worked for the district from July 2000 until Oct. 3, 2011, when she was terminated.

Read more from the report by the Office of the Auditor General