QUESTION: It's come to my attention that a teacher at my daughter's school in Brawley was arrested for embezzlement. This happened in April, but nothing's been in the paper and this teacher was never put on any kind of leave. This concerns me because it's also my understanding that this was her third offense. Where does this case stand and will this teacher be in a classroom next year? — Concerned Parent, Brawley
Eileen Roca, 46, of Brawley will be in court Friday morning for a pretrial hearing. She is a special education teacher at J.W. Oakley Elementary School in Brawley and was arrested April 23 for embezzlement. She posted bail, went back to school the next day, and finished out the school year, according to Brawley police Sgt. John Myers.
As far as we can tell, she is still employed there.
Myers told us the case began after a Costco security officer from San Diego called him in April about some suspicious store returns that had been made. Myers said items had been bought at the El Centro Costco with an Oakley school purchase order, then some of the items were returned for cash in San Diego with an altered receipt.