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    10 Years Community Corrections for former Golden High School Secretary

    (GOLDEN, CO – December 2, 2013) Judith Marie Eakins, 54, was in Jefferson County Court today where she was sentenced to 10 years in community corrections for stealing almost $160,000 from the high school where she was employed. On August 28, Eakins pled guilty to one count of Theft over $20,000 (F3)

    The Wheat Ridge woman was employed at Golden High School from October, 1999 until November, 2012. She had been hired by the school district as a paraprofessional, but worked in several positions before becoming a financial secretary in July 2008.
    In September 2012, an internal audit at Golden High School revealed losses in numerous Golden High School accounts managed by Eakins between 2009 and 2012. Discrepancies in the receipts revealed that cash turned in to Eakins was not deposited into the school’s account. The audit team also determined that financial documents had been manipulated.

    Some of the stolen money came from ticket sales to school events such as prom, concerts, drama productions and homecoming events. As staff, Eakins worked the door or gate at some of these events and collected money for tickets sales. This money should have been kept in the school’s safe, which was located in Eakins’s office, until she made the weekly deposit in the school’s account. Instead the money was taken for Eakin’s personal use.
    In April 2013, Judith Eakins was sentenced to six years probation and two years in the jail work release program for stealing over $32,000 from her 92-year-old mother.
    She could have been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison for the theft from Golden High School.

    “At a time when our schools are struggling, this behavior is tantamount to stealing from children,” said District Attorney Pete Weir. “This is a significant breach of trust. Ms. Eakins has stolen from her mother, and she has stolen from our kids. We strongly believed that a prison sentence was appropriate for Ms. Eakins.”
    The 10 year community corrections sentence in this case was ordered to be served concurrently to the sentence imposed in April 2013. She was ordered to pay over $160,000 in restitution.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    December 2, 2013

    Judith Eakins

    Last Updated: 12-3-2013
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