Pennsylvania State Police say school secretary/bookkeeper admits to $315,545 theft

| March 29, 2013

A former Catholic school secretary and bookkeeper was arrested on theft charges after auditors accused her of stealing $315,545 in a scheme involving tuition and gift cards.

Pennsylvania State Police said today that Lynn M. Tomlinson, 43, of Valencia, told them she admitted to embezzlement when confronted by officials at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School in May. The thefts were discovered during a routine follow-up in what appeared to be an unpaid tuition bill, church officials said in a statement today.

Ms. Tomlinson told investigators she used the stolen gift cards and cash to pay bills and, later — when she "got carried away with the spending" — to buy clothes and jewelry, state police wrote in a criminal complaint.

She was to be arraigned today on three theft charges, as well as charges of access device fraud and tampering with records or ID.

In a letter to parishioners and school parents today, the Rev. John Gizler, pastor of Holy Sepulcher, wrote that "major diversions" of school tuition, receipts and fundraising money were revealed during a financial investigation that began after the business manager found the unpaid tuition bill.

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