City View Charter School

HILLSBORO -- The former bookkeeper of City View Charter School, who has a criminal record for stealing from charity, is under investigation on accusations of embezzling at least $64,000 from the city's only charter school.

According to a report that school leaders filed Tuesday with the Hillsboro Police Department, Michelle Lorraine Wheeler, 36, is suspected of taking the money from the K-8 school that operates from two sites, including its main building on Tualatin Valley Highway.

Hillsboro police detectives and City View auditors are investigating what happened to another $20,000 that is missing, said Lt. Michael Rouches, Hillsboro police spokesman…

The police report indicates that City View hired Wheeler in June 2006, but administrators aren't sure when money started disappearing. Wheeler was a contract employee, Mokler said. Wheeler resigned Dec. 11.

In August 2007, Wheeler pleaded guilty to stealing $5,900 from In Defense of Animals -- Africa, a "Save the Chimpanzees" charity she handled books for between October 2006 and July 2007.

The Hillsboro woman also is scheduled to be arraigned next month on theft and other accusations involving Safe Harbor Foundation, a clothes closet she's run for more than two years for low-income families in Washington County…

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