Woman Charged With Stealing $142,000 From Arlington High School

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(Arlington, TN) A former Arlington High School employee has been indicted for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the school.

An audit determined Toni Cox, the school's former bookkeeper, is accused of stealing more than $140,000 from the school over two years.

She was arrested Tuesday night and bonded out of jail Wednesday.

Toni Cox is facing 8 to 12 years prison if convicted of this crime.

It was the Tennessee State Comptroller who discovered the missing money from Arlington High School.

Prosecutors say between July 2008 and June 2010, the high school's bookkeeper was altering records and pocketing cash before it even hit the books.

“Toni Cox, former bookkeeper at Arlington High School, has been indicted by the Shelby County grand jury for theft of property of over $60,000,” said District Attorney Amy Weirich.

Auditors say Cox stole money from nearly every school organization, activity, and fee for two years.

“It’s sad for the kids. They are the ones that needed the money,” said William Graham, Cox’s former neighbor.

Shelby County Schools released this statement: “This employee resigned in May 2010. Since then, the administration of Arlington High School has instituted multiple measures to safeguard the school from any such situations."

Cox had access to all the school's money and prosecutors say she did what she wanted with it.

“Situations like that, people have been given trust,” said Weirich. “It causes all of us concern.”

WREG went by Cox's house in Lakeland, which neighbors say has been "for sale" for months.

“She has been very sick and they had to move because she couldn't afford to keep up this house,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous.

Her neighbor didn't want to go on camera but couldn't believe the accusations, “I don`t believe it. I don`t believe it. They were very hardworking people.”

Other neighbors say they heard rumors years ago.

“I hate that people get in trouble and end up in jail like that. Bad decisions,” said Graham.

Cox's next court date has not yet been set. She bonded out with $10,000.

Her neighbor tell WREG that Cox has been sick for years with an illness and doesn't believe she's physically well enough to do jail time.


  • Tracy Smith

    @MikeBarret well this hiefer was white and stole money. She did the crime, now let her due the time! Sick she got caught!

  • Nonya Bidness

    Of course she is white, this crime needed brains to pull off. A long way from your typical ghettoite strong arm robbery!

    • Kellogs

      Don’t get mad NONYA because she is white…at this point you should shut the F@#$ up…Obviously she wasn’t good enough if she got caught. Dumb a$$ white People Commit crimes too. you Stupid F^&*

  • Mr White

    How could the principal at the time – Dr. Jeff Cozzens – not be held responsible for lack of oversight? And why did the SCS higher ups led by Hohn Aitken not remove all of the responsible parties? Gross negligence at a minimum on this one.

    • Jille

      Cozzens knew something was wrong and reported it to SCS asking for an internal surprise audit – more than once – prior to 2010. After their investigation, they concluded that everything was fine. As a tribute to what an accomplished thief she is, it has taken the Comptroller’s office 3 1/2 years to unravel all of her schemes – why so long? Because she was really good at what she did!

  • Meandmyself

    Not well enough to do jail time. She well enough to steal money for two years. Put her in jail and see how long she last. $10,000 please…

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