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Former Phoenix elementary school budget specialists indicted for fraud

Aug 9, 2022, 4:00 PM

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PHOENIX — Two former Wilson Elementary School District budget accounting specialists were indicted for allegedly appropriating district checks into their own bank accounts, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced in a press release Tuesday.

Ryan Mariano and April Childs were indicted by a state grand jury on July 11.

Mariano’s scheme occurred between August 2018 and March 2019, according to the indictment.

He allegedly deposited unauthorized checks into his personal bank account.

Childs’ actions took place between July 2019 and January 2020 and involve stealing checks during her employment and post-employment to deposit them into her personal bank account, according to the indictment.

Mariano and Childs face charges for a fraudulent schemes and artifices — a Class 2 felony — and forgery — a Class 4 felony.

Additionally, Mariano faces charges for a Class 2 felony for theft over $25,000 and a Class 4 felony on misuses of public funds.

Childs also faces charges for a Class 3 felony for theft over $4,000.

Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Nye is the prosecutor on the case, and the defendants face arraignment on Tuesday before Commissioner Richard Hinz.

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Former Phoenix elementary school budget specialists indicted for fraud