Former Tech Employee Accused of Stealing Makes Her First Court Appearance

Former Tech Employee Accused of Stealing Makes Her First Court Appearance Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Sheriff's Office

(KNSI) - The former bookkeeper at St. Cloud Tech High School charged with felony theft by swindle has made her first court appearance.

44-year-old Allison Tadych was charged in Stearns County Court in November after an audit of the school's finances showed she allegedly stole more than $100,000 from the school's activities accounts.

Tadych was released on $20,000 bond. She must not break the law again, and is also not allowed to leave the state. Her next court appearance is March 2.

According to the criminal complaint, the St. Cloud Police Department opened an investigation about money missing from the Tech High School activities account on September 30th.

Investigators say Tadych was the former bookkeeper for the school and was responsible for all the money related to activities. The balance should have been around $150,000. The actual balance was $71,298. Auditors discovered several missing deposits for student activities for both 2018 and 2019. They showed $75,363.30 missing for 2018 and $43,487.26 missing for 2019 for a total of $118,850.56.

Tadych resigned from her position at the school in June.

Upon her departure, the school took a look at the program to reconcile the account for the fiscal year and found significant discrepancies between the balance in the program and the bank account records.

Rather than showing all the money collected at the school, only the money deposited into the bank was recorded. An independent auditor was brought in to look at it, and they confirmed the school's findings.