Prosecutors: woman stole $30,000 from Christian preschool

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Allen County prosecutors have charged a 50-year-old woman with embezzling more than $30,000 from a bank account belonging to a Fort Wayne preschool.

Prosecutors say Shelley Randolph, who also goes by Shelley Wright, Shelley Friend and Shelley Gottfried, took the money from the Avalon Christian Preschool between 2014 and 2015. The Journal Gazette reports it started with small discrepancies in spending, like a tank of gas, before she started writing checks for hundreds of dollars, sometimes to places like Victoria’s Secret.

Church officials noticed the missing money last April and called police. She had been running the church’s preschool since 2013, and allegedly altered a bank account statement to try and cover her tracks.

A warrant is now out for her arrest.


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