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Former day care center director arrested

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Gazette Staff
March 20, 2009
— Faith Lutheran Church leaders suspected something wasn't right in the day care center's paperwork.

A special audit later led to the firing and arrest of the center's director, attorney Scott Schroeder said.


Deborah L. Wright, 38, of 3204 Rose Court, Beloit, was arrested Wednesday on charges of embezzling more than $50,000 from Faith Lutheran Church's day care center.


Janesville police arrested Wright, the former day care director, on seven counts of felony embezzlement and 46 counts of misdemeanor embezzlement.


Police say Wright, while entrusted with the accounts for Little Friends Day Care, stole more than $50,000 from 2006 through 2008.


The church fired Wright immediately upon receiving information that money was missing, Schroeder said.


Police say Wright used the money for a variety of expenses including vacations and mortgage payments.


"There were indications that some of the paperwork was not accurate," Schroeder said. "The church did a special audit once some inconsistencies came to light."


Wright is being held at the Rock County Jail and was expected to make an initial court appearance this afternoon.


The day care program still is running, Schroeder said.


"Other employees have picked up the slack, and the program has gone forward without interruption," he said.



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