Secretary pleads guilty to stealing over $150,000 from Golden High School

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GOLDEN, Colo. — Students at Golden High School say Judith Eakins frequently worked school events where money changed hands. She has now pleaded guilty to pocketing some of it.

Eakins, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $20,000 this week, after being charged with stealing almost $156,000 from Golden High School over three years. She was the financial secretary at the school.

“She was a nice lady,” Golden wrestler Dakota Culley said. “But she always guarded the money.”

Many attendees of Golden High School events would Eakins collecting the money at the door. There was a reason for that, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.

“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,” DA spokesperson Pam Russell said.

“As staff, Eakins worked the door or gate at some of these events and personally collected money for tickets sales.”

Court records state that an internal audit at Golden High School revealed losses in numerous accounts managed by Eakins between 2009 and 2012. Discrepancies in receipts revealed that cash turned in to Eakins was not deposited in the school’s account.

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 DA’s office also said Eakins is suspected of misusing the school credit card and taking property she purchased with the card for her personal use, but it was unclear if her guilty plea this week spoke to those allegations.

Eakins is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21. She could face a prison sentence of up to 12 years.

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