The bookkeeper for a Chilton County technical center has been accused of stealing nearly $50,000 from the school over several months.
Tameka Winters, 37, has been indicted on 18 charges including first degree theft, ethics violations and possessing a forged instrument. She was arrested in November 2013.
Winters was the bookkeeper for 15 years at Lecroy Career Technical Center in Chilton County.
Assistant District Attorney CJ Robinson said the theft happened during a concentrated period of several months. Robinson said Winters used her position to steal about $50,000 from the school.
Robinson said a tip about Winters came last year from an employee who had their suspicions.
"We've got a lot of good people who work in the system and hopefully we're getting rid of a couple bad apples," said Robinson.
Robinson said Winters' husband is a Clanton police officer so the district attorney's office brought in a special investigator to look into this case.
Robinson says Winters and her husband are longtime residents of Clanton, but this indictment shows no one is above the law.
"It's certainly makes the case a little unique from some of the other things we've seen. I would only say it shows nobody is above the law and above suspicion. If crimes are committed regardless of who it is or what status they have in the community if when the truth comes out if it needs to be prosecuted that's what we'll do," Robinson said.
Chilton County superintendent Dave Hayden says the school board accepted Winters' resignation on February 18 and it was effective January 25.
Superintendent Hayden says they are disappointed and embarrassed by these criminal charges. They are cooperating with the district attorney's office in their investigation.
Winters attorney released this statement Friday concerning the case:
"Ms. Winters is presumed innocent. She looks forward to her day in court so that the complete set facts surrounding these allegations will be fully exposed and her good name will be cleared of any wrongdoing. Mrs. Winters will vigorously defend the allegations against her."
If convicted, Winters could face up to 20 years in prison for the Class B felony theft charges. Her first court appearance is scheduled for March 10.
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