A former Madison School District clerk was charged Wednesday with theft after police said she used two district credit cards to make more than $5,000 in personal purchases.
Camila J. Perez, 26, of Madison, told police that she used the credit cards, intended for use by teachers and administrators during summer school, mostly to buy gift cards that she used to pay her personal bills, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
Perez was charged with theft and four counts of unauthorized use of credit cards.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
According to the complaint:
Perez was administrative clerk for Early and Extended Learning at the school district. As part of her duties during summer school in 2016, she held more than 20 credit cards that she distributed to teachers.
An audit found unauthorized charges had been made on two of the cards, and that receipts for some of those purchases had been emailed to Perez.
The purchases were made between June and October 2016.
Perez at first said she may have used the cards by mistake, but later said she used them to make purchases “because I didn’t have money.” In addition to gift cards, the credit cards were used to buy luggage, shoes and hair products.
School district spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said Perez was initially placed on leave before she resigned in December.
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