Charges: Teacher stole from teacher’s union

Brandy Clark, an Onamia High School teacher, was charged in April for felony theft for stealing $25,550 from the Onamia Education Association — the Onamia district’s teachers union.

Clark, 29, of Zimmerman, was the treasurer of the union beginning in the spring of 2011.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs District Court April 13, Clark forged the signatures of Mike Zea and Linda Caron and deposited at least 15 checks into her personal bank account.

School administrators and union representatives reported the allegations to Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office investigator Al Tutland and Deputy Aaron Heuer in March.

Tutland met with Clark March 7, and she admitted she had forged signatures of Zea and Caron beginning in June of 2011. She said she felt pressured by debt, school loans and other expenditures, the complaint states.

Clark was charged with two counts of felony check forgery and two counts of felony theft. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

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