Woman Admits She Fleeced Davis District

Woman Admits She Fleeced Davis District

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former secretary pleaded guilty to defrauding the Davis School District out of $324,000.

Stella Smith admits she set up a phony company to reap payments for book orders from the district. In fact, there were no books.

Smith pleaded guilty to mail fraud in federal court in Salt Lake City. The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison. She'll be sentenced Jan. 10.

Smith could become a witness against two people also charged with ripping off the Davis district.

Susan and John Ross are accused of pocketing nearly $4 million through a secret company that supplied copies of books to Davis schools.

They were district employees at the time, and Smith worked in Susan Ross' office.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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