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Ex-Joseph City School District Secretary Indicted In Theft

Amanda Ray | Yakima Herald-Republic via AP

A state grand jury has indicted a former Joseph City Unified School District secretary who is accused of stealing more than $40,000 of district funds.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that the indictment was based upon an investigation performed by the Office of the Auditor General.
In addition to her duties as attendance secretary, Tonnie Rae Pugh was responsible for depositing funds raised through student activities such as club fundraisers and those raised by auxiliary operations like athletic event ticket sales.
Between July 2011 and January 2018, Pugh is accused of using her position to take cash payments she collected from faculty, students and parents for her own personal use.
Prosecutors said Pugh was indicted on charges of theft, fraudulent schemes and artifices and violation of duties of a custodian of public monies.
It was unclear Tuesday if Pugh has a lawyer yet for her case.
Joseph City Unified School District is one of 11 public schools in Navajo County and serves about 412 students from preschool to grade 12.