On Tuesday, July 19th, a report was released by the Utah State Auditor’s Office that a financial analyst at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, USDB, stole at least $67,000 from school accounts, over four years.
A few months ago, an investigation was put in place when employees from the district told Superintendent of USDB, Joel Coleman, that money was missing from their donation account. The Utah State Auditor started the investigation immediately.
They say the female employee used several unauthorized company credit cards for personal use. Purchases to buy gift cards, cigarettes, gas, and shop at stores such as Sam’s Club and Kroger; were just some of the few places that she bought items for herself.
Auditors say the employee, who left the school before problems were revealed, may have stolen money prior to their investigation. Coleman feels that it’s “a setback for USDB in raising the donated funds that had been raised, to try to provide an outdoor education center to help the families and students.”
The investigation continues, and stricter rules went into effect at USDB. Recently, USDB tightened controls and security, to make sure a crime like this, would never happen again.