Woman accused of stealing $120K from Tolleson Union HS bookstore pleads guilty

Brenda Busse (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

The woman accused of stealing more than $120,000 from the Tolleson Union High School bookstore pleaded guilty to fraudulent schemes and theft Friday morning.

Brenda Lynn Busse was also indicted on a charge of misuse of public monies. That was back in December 2015.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Tolleson Union High School bookstore manager accused of theft]

A former manager at the school’s bookstore, Busse stole cash payments made by parents and students over the course of four years between 2007 and 2011. Those payments were for school fees, extracurricular activities and tax credit donations.

The money should have been into a TUHS district account, but that did not happen.

District officials uncovered some irregularities in the revenue records for the TUHS bookstore.

Investigators said Busse hid what she was doing by changing computer data in the district’s receipt-processing system.

The Office of the Auditor General then opened a special investigation and then turned its information over to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which filed felony charges and took the case to a grand jury.

“A large amount of cash was deposited in Ms. Busse’s personal bank account and later used for cash withdrawals,” according to the OAG’s December 2015 report.

The report also said that Busse admitted to district officials that she had “borrowed” money and intended to pay it back.

“Although Ms. Busse met with district officials with the desire to repay district monies, no money was ever repaid,” the report reads.

Judge Greg Como is scheduled to sentence Busse on March 23.Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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