ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state auditor is investigating after Bernalillo County Public School kids and their parents worked to raise money, only to see a school employee swindle it all.
According to the state auditor, it took the school district a while to realize fundraising money had been disappearing. A Bernalillo School District worker in charge of overseeing the money raised in elementary school fundraisers is suspected of stealing $68,000.
The district realized the money was missing over the course of a couple of years. They called Bernalillo Police who then reached out to the state auditor since it’s a financial crime .
“This individual was at the bookkeeping level, so it was an example of the person who was supposed to oversee this being the one who may actually have been the one doing the wrong doing,” said Tim Killer, New Mexico State Auditor.
The state auditor says this is another case of someone in charge of fundraising money who didn’t have anyone looking over their shoulder — a common theme in school embezzlement cases.
The school worker suspected of siphoning the $68,000 in fundraising money is now gone, but the district hasn’t said if they quit or if they were fired.
KRQE News 13 reached out the Bernalillo County Schools’ superintendent for more information on how this happened and what the money was supposed to be used for, but did not hear back.