General Crime

* Sheila Accornero business manager of a nonprofit Santa Rosa charter school pleaded not guilty to theft and forgery charges

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The finance and business manager of a nonprofit Santa Rosa charter school pleaded not guilty Monday in Sonoma County Superior Court to felony grand theft and forgery charges. Sheila Accornero, 42, of Cloverdale, allegedly embezzled nearly $400,000 from the Kids Street Learning Center charter school in Santa Rosa and the school building’s owner, Lincoln Holding Company Inc., Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi said.

She is charged with two grand theft charges, five forgery charges and one count of illegal possession of prescription drugs. She is being held in the Sonoma County jail without bail for violating her probation for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in February 2008. Judge Gary Medvigy set Oct. 19 for Accornero’s preliminary hearing.

Ariyoshi said the alleged theft and forgery charges occurred between December 2008 and Aug. 9 when Accornero was interviewed and arrested, but the case is still under investigation. Accornero was hired by the school at 709 Davis St. in Santa Rosa in 2005, Ariyoshi said.Accornero allegedly took $389,477.84 from the charter school and $7,156.03 from Lincoln Holding Company Inc., Ariyoshi said.

On its website, the Kids Street Learning Center lists its mission as providing children and families living in extreme crisis a caring, supportive educational community to call home.The school fosters a “hands-on, real world self initiated education,” according to the website.

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