A secretary in charge of accounting for Jordan School District's tech center was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with theft by deception, a second-degree felony, in connection with more than $28,000 in missing school funds.

Deborah Draper-Robins, 51, a Draper resident, worked as the head secretary of the Jordan Tech Center from December 2000 through January 2008, Jordan District Assistant Superintendent D. Burke Jolley stated in court documents. During this time, Jolley said, Draper-Robins was solely responsible for bookkeeping and making bank deposits for the tech center, and, after an audit conducted in January by district accountants, an "ongoing pattern of theft" was discovered.

Accounting errors were discovered in the process of implementing new software in January of this year, district CPA John Larsen stated in the filing's affidavit. Larsen said Draper-Robins "would not work with auditors" to solve discrepancies and a more in-depth audit was conducted.

Results from that audit, which evaluated financial transactions conducted by the defendant from July 2007 through January 2008, indicate that more than $28,000 was funneled out of accounts for the school lunch, food handler and cosmetology programs, according to auditors' statements in the filing.

The district is continuing to look into financial documentation from previous years.