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Sarah Mae Diaz is the the only living defendant charged in the theft of the Topock Elementary School District money. While Diaz spent $75,000, her mother Kim Konnerth, the former business manager for the school district, was the architect of the embezzlement scheme that siphoned off more than $236,000 of public funds. Kim Konnerth died in 2017 of cancer.
Diaz’s scheme was revealed when a bank teller noticed she was cashing district checks while not being a district employee.
John Warren, Topock SD Superintendent, said the embezzlement negatively impacted finances, leaving school district employees without raises for three years. According to Warren, “this was not a crime of desperation. It was a crime of repetitious greed.”
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