Golden High School's financial secretary pleads guilty to stealing almost $156,000 from school

Judith Eakens pleads guilty to felony theft

GOLDEN, Colo. - The financial secretary at Golden High School has admitted to stealing almost $156,000 from the school, skimming money from proms, concerts, drama productions and homecoming events.

Judith Marie Eakins, 54, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of theft of over $20,000.

The Wheat Ridge woman worked at Golden High from October 1999 until November 2012.

She had been hired by the school district as a paraprofessional, but worked in several positions before becoming a financial secretary in July 2008.   

In September 2012, an internal audit at Golden High School revealed losses in numerous school accounts managed by Eakins between 2009 and 2012. 

Discrepancies in the receipts revealed that cash turned in to Eakins was not deposited into the school’s account. The audit team also said that financial documents had been manipulated.

Some of the stolen money was from ticket sales to school events. As staff, Eakins worked the door or gate at some of these events and personally collected money for tickets sales. 

This money should have been kept in the school's safe, which was located in Eakins' office, until she made the weekly deposit in the school's account. Instead the money was taken for Eakin's personal use, prosecutors said.

Eakins also misused the school credit card and took property she purchased with the card for her personal use.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS, the internal audit of Eakins' dealings as financial secretary was prompted by her arrest for allegedly stealing from her elderly mother.

Eakins was arrested in September 2012 by Golden police for a warrant out of Westminster in regards to that theft charge. It was after her arrest that Golden High School principal Brian Conroy placed Eakins on paid administrative leave and the school district began investigating her work as financial secretary

Eakins faces a prison of up to 12 years when she is sentenced on Oct. 21.

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