High School financial secretary Judith Marie Eakins sentenced for stealing almost $160,000

GOLDEN, Colo. - Golden High School's former financial secretary was sentenced Monday to 10 years in community corrections for stealing almost $160,000 from accounts she managed.

Judith Marie Eakins, 54, pleaded guilty in August to one count of theft over $20,000, a felony.

Originally fired as a paraprofessional, the Wheat Ridge woman worked at the school from October 1999 until November 2012. She became 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 came from ticket sales to school events like prom, concerts, plays and homecoming, the District Attorney's Office reported. Instead of being kept in a safe in Eakins' office and later deposited in the school's account, the money was taken for her personal use.

Additionally, Eakins was sentenced in April of 2013 to six years of probation and two years in the jail work release program for stealing over $32,000 from her 92-year-old mother.

The community corrections sentence in the high school case will be served simultaneously to the other sentence. Eakins will also have to pay over $160,000 in restitution.

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