Former high school bookstore manager accused of stealing more than $120k

- 56-year-old Brenda Busse worked as the Bookstore Manager at Tolleson Union High School from 2007 to 2011. During that time investigators say she stole more than $100,000 from the school, money given by students to pay for books and extracurricular activities.

"She is so bad, and doing this for the kids it is not good, it's not appropriate," said Andy Alaniz.

Andy Alaniz's says he remembers the woman, his son goes to the high school near 99th Avenue and Van Buren.

"She looked like an innocent lady, she was outspoken to everyone, and we gave it up to her, and she wanted more, and more, and she got it, but she was doing crooked ways," said Alaniz.

Busse resigned from her position in July of 2011, and an investigation was launched that appears to have lasted for years.

According to the Arizona Auditor General's Report, Busse manipulated the district's receipt processing system 374 times over a 4-year period.

Investigators believe she stole $120,708 and during that 4-year-period spent more than $73,000 in a local casino.

Busse kept quiet during her court appearance. Meanwhile, the district she's accused of stealing from issued the following statement.

"While we are certain that what took place in the Tolleson Union High School bookstore cannot again occur, we are still recovering from what took place when one person decided to steal from the very people she served - our students."


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