Jacksonville, FL (July 21, 2019) - A former Duval County Public Schools bookkeeper was arrested by police and charged with stealing thousands of dollars while working for the school district.
32-year-old Tamika Martinez-Abihai was arrested by Duval County School Board police in connection with the incidents. According to reports, Martinez-Abihai was hired as a bookkeeper at Normandy Village Elementary School in August 2016. In August 2017, she was transferred to Raines High School before being leaving for Westview K-8 in April 2018.
Following a nearly year-long investigation, police discovered that Martinez-Abihai created fake invoices showing purchases that she made with her personal credit card. She then submitted the invoices and obtained reimbursement from the district. Martinez-Abihai was later terminated from Westview for what the principal called "erratic" work and poor job performance.
She has been charged with seven counts of organized fraud, three counts of grand theft and two counts of petty theft. Martinez-Abiahi was taken to the Duval County Jail. She has since bonded out and is awaiting a court date.
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