PITTSBURG — The administrative secretary to the principal of the Pittsburg Adult Education Center was arrested on embezzlement charges for allegedly secreting over $200,000 in what was thought to be a defunct bank account for a preschool.
Roxanne Saucedo, 51, was arrested by Pittsburg police on Nov. 16, 2017, for felony embezzlement by a public officer and booked into Martinez Detention Facility.
Saucedo is suspected of embezzling public funds between Nov. 24, 2015, and Nov. 7, 2017, but was allegedly only caught during an audit in 2017.
In August of 2017, Pittsburg Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Janet Schulze was alerted to a $207,333 check issued by the Contra Costa County Board of Education that was missing.
Schulze stated that Saucedo “was on leave since August. Around mid-November, some findings in our district’s internal investigations” led them to call police. Arresting officers listed Saucedo’s occupation at the time of her arrest as “disability.”
An internal investigation into Saucedo’s finances found that in May of 2017, Saucedo had deposited the check into an inactive PUSD Chase bank account intended for Pittsburg Adult Education Center’s Sunshine Preschool program.
According to court documents, the payments were withdrawn from the account under the name “Sunshine” or “Roxanne Saucedo” to pay for items online or to pay credit and debit card statements. Withdrawals were also made from the ATM. Saucedo was not supposed to have been listed on this account, according to PUSD policy, court documents stated.
In May of 2017, the account had $213,397.57 in it, which was more than the amount deposited from the one check listed in the arrest warrant.
The investigating officer on the case was able to secure a search warrant for Saucedo’s home in Pittsburg and two vehicles for more evidence “based on numerous recent withdrawals of thousands and thousands of dollars paid to a credit card account.”
With Saucedo’s alleged behavior extending over years — from 2015 to 2017 — it’s possible that more than $200,000 was embezzled. The exact amount of money embezzled from the school district is unknown. The Pittsburg Unified School District and the Pittsburg police department declined to answer this or any other specific questions on Monday.
The Contra Costa County Board of Education declined to answer specific questions and stated that they are “not likely to receive any information until the annual audit report is issued sometime later this year.”
Schulze did not respond to questions as to when, or if, the public would be notified about the alleged embezzlement and any impact it may have had on programming at PAEC and PUSD.