Former O'Hara Catholic School employee accused embezzling $50,000

Investigators said 42-year-old Sean Thomas Jones of Springfield is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 over the course of three years.

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 5:16 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2018 7:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The former advancement director for O'Hara Catholic School in Eugene, who was indicted Monday morning on charges of embezzlement, has pleaded not guilty. 

Investigators said 42-year-old Sean Thomas Jones of Springfield is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 over the course of three years from the school and the school's scholarship foundation, which helps children pay their tuition at O'Hara.

Investigators said he was using the money for his own personal use during the three-year period.

"Mr. Jones understands there are a lot of people that can be affected potentially by this case," said Jessica May, Sean Jones' attorney. "Just as many as have questions about this case, but at this time we can't provide much additional information since it is so preliminary."

Court documents show prosecutors want the charges raised, saying Jones violated public trust.

"We've been in communication with the district attorney's office, and Mr. Jones has instructed me to be in communication with them, and that's what we intend to do throughout this case."

Officials with the Open Door Foundation and O'Hara Catholic School released the following joint statement:

"O'Hara Catholic School and the Open Door Foundation discovered fraudulent banking activity in May of this year. Since then, the foundation and the school have been working diligently with the Eugene Police Department on the investigation of this fraudulent activity. On July 12, 2018, Sean Jones was indicted by a Lane County Grand Jury. While this has been a difficult time for the foundation and the school, we are grateful for the expertise and guidance from the Eugene Police Department and the Archdiocese of Portland."

This case is still under investigation. 

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