Former Tucson school financial director indicted for theft


The former CFO of the Tucson The Pueblo High School bookstore in the Unified School District has been charged with theft and embezzlement of public funds, authorities said.

The Arizona attorney general’s office said Rosa Maria Ordonez’s job was to make changes at school sporting events and in the school bookstore.

She was also responsible for receiving payments from Pueblo students, parents and donors for various school-related purposes.

Authorities said Ordonez stopped reporting for work in August 2018 and resigned the following month without returning district funds or placing them in the bookstore safe.

According to the Arizona Auditor General, Ordonez may have embezzled nearly $ 3,000 in bookstore receipts and changed funds in July and August 2018.

Authorities said it was money provided by the district at Pueblo High to give change for cash transactions.

From 2006 to 2015, authorities said Ordonez did not deposit checks totaling more than $ 3,300, which deprived Pueblo High of income.

On Wednesday, it was not clear whether Ordonez still had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

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