Woman sentenced to jail for stealing $75,000 from school district

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(Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office) (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office)

A woman accused of stealing money from a school district has been sentenced to jail time.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Wednesday that Sarah Diaz was sentenced to one year in jail without early release and five years of supervised probation.

In December 2017, Diaz pleaded guilty to one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices and one count of Theft after stealing t$75,000 from the Topock Elementary School District.

Diaz had access to school credit cards through a deceased family member who previously worked for the district.

Brnovich says Diaz misused those school credit cards between December 2008 and July 2013. He also says Diaz used district credit cards to make personal purchases at various retailers and pay her personal bills.

The scheme was uncovered when a bank teller who knew Diaz saw her cashing district checks at a local bank branch and was aware that Diaz was not a district employee.

Under the plea agreement, Diaz must repay $75,455 to the district.

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