DENVER - The Denver Public School system is taking a legal action after the parent of a student cashed a check intended for someone else.
According to an affidavit obtained by 7NEWS, the check for $17,763.25 was supposed to be sent to the Urban League of Metro Denver. Instead, it was issued to Michelle Clifton-Nettles' son -- a mistake, according to the document.
The woman's son was owed a check for less $100 according to school officials, because he's a student employee in the athletic department. But account numbers got confused by the clerk and he got the $17,000 check by mistake.
The check was endorsed by her son, but Clifton-Nettles deposited it, according to affidavit.
The error wasn't realized until three weeks after it was issued -- on June 26. A school investigator met with the woman on July 2.
According to the affidavit, Clifton-Nettles returned only $2,000. She said the remainder was spent on "various bills and she bought her son a moped."
Originally, she said she would pay the school system back, but now "feels the money is hers and is getting a lawyer to fight having to pay it back."
School officials would not comment on the issue because it is an ongoing case.
7NEWS was unsuccessful in locating Clifton-Nettles for comment.