Former cafeteria worker charged with stealing from Keystone Oaks School District

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A Carnegie woman surrendered this morning on charges that she stole more than $90,000 from the Keystone Oaks High School, where she worked for a company that managed the cafeteria.

Kathleen Smith, 55, faces charges of theft, identity theft, tampering with records and other charges. She was released on her own recognizance following an arraignment before District Judge Blaise Larotonda and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Detectives with the Allegheny County district attorney's office wrote in a criminal complaint that they met with Ms. Smith after noticing an odd number of balance checks and other keystrokes in the system tracking students' accounts and financial transactions.

During the interview, Ms. Smith "eventually stated that she did take students' money," according to an affidavit of probable cause. "She stated that she needed the money to help pay her bills."

Detectives wrote that Ms. Smith told them she did not think anyone else was aware that she was taking the money and that she believes she took at least $100 a day.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 20.

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