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May 27, 2014

Police arrest former Montessori School treasurer, board member on theft charges

TERRE HAUTE — The former treasurer and a former board member of Montessori School in Terre Haute have been arrested on theft charges, according to Indiana State Police.

The school is located at 4310 S. 11th St. in Terre Haute.

Those arrested were Angela Davis Burch, 41, of Terre Haute, the former treasurer, and Melisa Lynn Risley, 46, of Terre Haute, former board member.

Last December, the criminal investigation division of the Putnamville Post was notified by the school system of missing funds. The ensuing investigation determined that three checks from the school’s account paid private bills related to Burch, and that Burch also failed to pay for her child’s school tuition that she claimed to have paid, for a total of $1,754.

Risley claimed to have paid her child’s tuition of $1,988 through personal checks, but the records indicated Risley had not paid and no money had been deposited into the school’s account. Burch and Risley have since reimbursed the school.

Per a Vigo County arrest warrant, Burch and Risley submitted themselves to authorities this morning.

The case was investigated by ISP Det. First Sergeant Jeff Hearon. Assisting were ISP Detective Tony Guinn and Detective Don Anglin.


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