Ex-Arizona school district business manager accused of theft

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(Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office) (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office)
(Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office) (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office)
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A state grand jury has indicted the former business manager for the Western Arizona Vocational Education District (WAVE) for allegedly stealing district monies.

According to Attorney General Mark Brnovich, 43-year-old Deborah Long is accused of keeping payments made by parents and others to the district, making personal purchases with WAVE credit cards, issuing warrants to herself, and issuing warrants to her credit card companies.

She's also accused of increasing her own salary without authorization. 

Investigators say the total loss to WAVE is nearly $140,000.

The alleged conduct took place between November 2011 and August 2016.

Long is facing seven felony charges, including one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, five counts of theft, and one count of misuse of public monies.

It was unclear Thursday if Long has a lawyer yet.

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