Judith Oakes faces embezzlement charges in California school lunch money case

Former school district accountant Judith Oakes worked 25 years for the Rialto, Calif. school system. KCBS/KCAL

Last Updated Oct 9, 2013 11:34 AM EDT

RIALTO, Calif. A former Rialto school district accountant who was allegedly captured on video stuffing lunch money into her bra has been charged with embezzling $1.8 million over the past eight years.

Judith Oakes
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San Bernardino County prosecutors on Tuesday filed 16 felony counts, including embezzlement and falsifying records, against 48-year-old Judith Oakes. She was arrested in August but later released on $50,000 bail. An arrest warrant has been issued for Oakes, who is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Oakes handled deposits of student lunch money into a district bank account. Her arrest followed an investigation into missing funds. A school district audit found $3.1 million couldn't be found.

The case led to the district superintendent and his assistant being placed on leave. Authorities say neither are considered suspects.

CBS Los Angeles reports that, if convicted, Oakes could face 11 years in state prison.

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