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[ISP] Former School Treasurer and a Former Board Member Arrested for Theft
Start Date: 5/27/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/27/2014
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Vigo County—Indiana State Police have arrested the former treasurer and a former board member, both of the Montessori Schools in Terre Haute, for multiple counts of theft. The school is located at 4310 South 11th Street in Terre Haute.

Arrested: Angela Davis Burch, age 41, of Terre Haute, IN. (Former Treasurer)

Arrested: Melisa Lynn Risley, age 46, of Terre Haute, IN. (Former Board Member)

In December of 2013, 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 Angela Burch and that Burch also failed to pay for her child’s school tuition Burch claimed to have paid, for a total of $1754.53. Board member Melissa Risley claimed to have paid her child’s tuition of $1988.00 through personal checks, but the records indicated Risley had in fact, 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 Detective First Sergeant Jeff Hearon. Assisting were ISP Detective Tony Guinn and Detective Don Anglin.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Joe Watts
Phone: 765-653-4114
Email: jwatts@isp.in.gov
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