Denver Public Schools ask for $17,000 payback from parent after check issued by mistake

Only $2,000 returned

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.