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School ex-manager is accused of theft

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 7, 2001

TAMPA -- The former business manager of Tampa Catholic High School was arrested Wednesday and accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the private school over the past year.

Glenda Di Corte, 52, of 3009 W Robson St. in Tampa, faces charges of grand theft and organized fraud, records show.

Di Corte, who worked for the school for 14 years before she was fired recently, wrote $430,000 in checks to herself, fraudulently signed them and deposited them in her bank account, said Hillsborough sheriff's Col. David Gee. The transactions took place between July 2000 and last month. "The paper trail led back to her," he said.

The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg contacted the Sheriff's Office after noticing a discrepancy in the school's bookkeeping, Gee said.

Detective Joe Greco learned that Di Corte made incriminating statements to people in the diocese about the thefts, Gee said.

After Greco issued warrants for her arrest, Di Corte turned herself in and was quickly released without bail.

Gee said it is not clear what Di Corte did with the money. "There were no outward signs of a lavish lifestyle, and we have not recovered any money or property," he said.

Di Corte was not helping, he said. "She's not talking."

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