Former Sandburg cashier charged with theft
BY MIKE NOLAN firstname.lastname@example.org October 5, 2012 6:22PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 12:06PM
A former cashier at Sandburg High School has been charged with two counts of felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $9,000 from the Orland Park school, police said Friday.
Cheryl L. Becker, 54, of 15613 Vista Drive, Oak Forest, was the cashier who a month ago alerted authorities to the theft of nearly $10,000 from the cashier’s office at the school, police said. Three women were charged with that theft and the money was recovered.
After that Sept. 5 theft, Consolidated High School District 230 conducted a review and audit of the circumstances surrounding that theft and Becker’s handling of school funds, Orland Park police said in a news release. A lengthy investigation by Orland Park detectives showed that Becker allegedly had stolen two separate bank deposits — one on Aug. 20 for $5,179 and another on Aug. 29 for $4,036, police said.
Becker was arrested and charged Friday, and bail was set at $15,000 for each charge, police said. Becker is due back at the Bridgeview courthouse Oct. 26.
Police said the school district is conducting “a comprehensive forensic audit to confirm there are no other missing funds,” but there is no indication at this time any other money was taken. Police said they believe no other district employees were involved in the theft.
In the Sept. 5 theft, Linda Nassar and Sally Quaraveh, both of Worth, and Sabrina Yassin, of Orland Park, are alleged to have taken the money while registering Nassar’s son at the school. Prosecutors said the cash was sitting on top of a cabinet in the cashier’s office.
Shortly after the theft was reported, police spotted the three women in a car near Yassin’s house and pulled them over. Police recovered $1,735 that had been hidden in an armrest in the car and an additional $8,000 in cash from Yassin’s home during a search.