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Supervisor accused of stealing thousands from after-school program

Employees came forward regarding missing monies, arrest report says

DELTONA, Fla. – A woman was arrested after deputies said she stole thousands of dollars from an after-school program at Timbercrest Elementary School.

Mary Coppen, 46, was arrested Wednesday.

"Very sweet, very happy woman. I don't believe it at all. Not her," a neighbor said.

Coppen supervised the program, which made it possible for children to be tutored in all subjects after school.

The Volusia County School District website lists the weekly tuition for the program as being from $45 to $80 per student.

According to the arrest report, multiple employees came forward regarding missing monies.

Sixty dollars disappeared on March 27, nearly $3,500 on April 17 and $2,200 on April 24. All the deposits containing both cash and checks, totaled $5,700.

News 6 stopped by Coppen's house for a comment, but no one came to the door.

News 6 reached out to the school district, which said it is aware of the incident. The district said some of the money stolen was in the form of checks and the families who submitted those checks have been notified.

One neighbor said he lived next door to Coppen for three years and doesn't believe she would steal from children.

"She's sweet. Her husband works. She works. I have never had any problems with her. She loves kids. That's her job. That's her passion," the neighbor said.

Coppen resigned her position once the district accused her of the thefts. She's being charged with grand theft.