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Couple accused of embezzling from Tucson school

TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities say a couple has been accused of embezzling
from a Tucson-area school that serves career and technical education students.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that Melinda Carpio
and her husband Enrique Carpio have been indicted on charges of theft and
fraudulent schemes.

State authorities say about $300,000 allegedly was embezzled from the Joint
Technical Education District where Melinda Carpio was the accounting services

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after a JTED internal
audit uncovered discrepancies between expenditures and vendor payments between
December 2009 and October 2012.

Investigators say Melinda Carpio allegedly directed payments to her husband
under the guise of fictitious vendors.

Authorities say the money allegedly was deposited in the couple’s shared bank

Melinda Carpio was later fired by JTED.


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