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Woman charged in state scholarship program theft

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PHOENIX (AP) - A Goodyear office manager is accused of stealing more than $500,000 from an Arizona scholarship program that assists needy students.

Goodyear police said Friday that 60-year-old Marion Holmes has been indicted in Maricopa County Superior Court on 35 counts involving fraud, theft, forgery and other offenses.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis says Holmes allegedly misappropriated at least $529,000 from the Arizona School Choice Trust for personal use.

Kutis said she did not know if Holmes, who lives in Goodyear, has an attorney.

The Arizona School Choice Trust is a state approved school tuition organization that helps children from low-income backgrounds attend a private school of their choosing.

According to its website, the trust doles out funds through three state tax credit scholarship programs.

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