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Southeast Employee Accused of $100k+ Theft Arrested; Security Guard Husband Still Working
Southeast Employee Accused of $100k+ Theft Arrested; Security Guard Husband Still Working

Illinois State Police have arrested Southeast High School employee Amy Day. She’s been charged with theft of more than $100,000, which came from the school’s activity fund.

District officials found the money missing through an audit.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser says theft of more than $100,000 is a Class I felony, which carries punishment ranging from probation to 4 to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

“This charge is particularly egrigious because this is money that was going to be used on student activities,” Milhiser said. “There are roughly 100 or so different activity groups and student groups at Southeast High School and this was money that was collected and was going to go for the benefit of these students.”

Day was suspended this month without pay.

Her husband, Wendall Day, works at Southeast High School as a civilian security guard and is still on the job according to Southeast’s website. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

District spokeswoman Nalo Mitchell, in a news release, said the district won’t be making any comments, and referred questions to the district’s attorneys.

It’s still unclear exactly how much money was taken and it’s unclear what, if any, role Day’s husband had in the alleged thefts, or if he knew anything about them. Milhiser says the criminal investigation focuses solely on Amy Day at this time.