GOLDEN, Colo. — Students at Golden High School say Judith Eakins frequently worked school events where money changed hands.
Police now say she pocketed a lot of it.
Eakins, 53, is in custody charged with stealing almost $156,000 in cash from Golden High School over three years. She was the financial secretary at the school.
“She was a nice lady,” said Dakota Culley. He knew Eakins from his time in the school’s wrestling program. “She guarded the money.”
People would always see her collecting the money at the door for events.
“Some of the money that Eakins is alleged to have embezzled came from ticket sales to school events such as prom, concerts, drama productions and homecoming events,” says Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Pam Russell.
“As staff, Eakins worked the door or gate at some of these events and personally collected money for tickets sales,” Russell says.
Police have accused Eakins of stealing before. Last year, Eakin’s mother was almost evicted from her nursing home after Eakins confessed to intercepting over $32,000 of her mother’s money.
The school district says students were not denied anything because of the missing funds.
The D.A.’s office also says Eakins is suspected of misusing the school credit card and taking property she purchased with the card for her personal use.
She’s being held on $50,000 bond.