Former Catholic school employee accused of stealing $55K

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The former advancement director of a private Catholic school in Eugene is accused of stealing nearly $55,000 from the school and a scholarship organization.

The Register-Guard reports 42-year-old Sean Thomas Jones was indicted by a Lane County grand jury last week on a dozen criminal charges, including multiple counts of aggravated theft, forgery and computer crime.

Eugene police say Jones embezzled $3,900 from O’Hara Catholic School and $50,800 from the Open Door Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships for children to attend the school.

Police say Jones used his position to forge documents and fraudulently obtain access to finances, diverting funds for his personal use over three years.

Principal Tammy Conway declined to comment, referring questions to police. It’s not immediately known if Jones has a lawyer.