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Employee placed on administrative leave in May; her office was closed, papered over.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Before the end of the school year, a Madras High School bookkeeper was placed on administrative leave, following an internal investigation into potential thefts from student funds. A search warrant was executed at her former office on June 21.A Madras High School bookkeeper, Misty Foster, 44, has been placed on administrative leave, following claims that she stole thousands of dollars worth of student funds.

Several sources familiar with the situation said that in mid-May, around the 17th, Foster was no longer working at the school and her office had been blacked out with paper, along with a sign that said the office was closed until further notice.

Foster has not been charged with a crime, but the Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into the claims.

According to the search warrant affidavit, the chief financial officer for the 509-J School District, Martha Bewley, noticed inconsistencies with Foster's accounting in connection with school fundraisers and reported them to the Madras Police Department, which then turned the investigation over to the DOJ because of a conflict of interest.

The search warrant was executed on June 21, and the investigation is continuing.

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