STOCKTON (CBS13) — A former elementary school principal is accused of stealing nearly $12,000 from the school’s PTO.READ MORE: Video Released Of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Of Tahoe Park Resident Who Shot At Authorities
Marlesse Cavazos, who worked at George W Bush Elementary School until last school year, is now accused of taking that money from book sales and other fundraisers.
The investigation began after her coworkers reported missing money. In one case, prosecutors say she withdrew money from the PTO account and used it to purchase a cemetery plot for a family member who died.
“When the audit hit, then the missing currency, and then the check to the graveyard came up,” said Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor.READ MORE: Coroner Identifies Passenger Killed In Wrong-Way DUI Crash On Highway 99
The former principal wouldn’t come to the door to answer questions from CBS13.
Prosecutors say the case serves as a reminder that it’s important for school districts to make sure proper procedures are followed when it comes to fundraising.
“Money is being handled, but it’s not being handled in a professional manner,” Taylor said. “There’s no checks and balances.”MORE NEWS: Looting Suspect Accused Of Dozens Of Thefts Arrested In South Lake Tahoe
Cavazos is due to be arraigned in November.