- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors say an accounting clerk for Brownsville public schools has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $330,000 from concession sales at four schools over about a six-year period.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson says 38-year-old Leticia Arreola, of Los Fresnos, now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she’s sentenced in August.

Arreola entered the guilty plea Wednesday to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Prosecutors say she was able to steal cash from money bags delivered to her when schools missed regular armored car service pickups. She also was accused of arranging for four schools to routinely make the deliveries to her.

Authorities say she used the money students paid for items like ice cream and cookies for living expenses, vacations, entertainment and shopping.


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