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University worker charged with embezzlement

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- A former administrator at the University of California, Berkeley, has been charged with stealing about $90,000 in public money in order to pay for her children's private school tuition.

UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada said Friday that 36-year-old Sonia Chante Waters turned herself in May 19 and was charged with nine felony counts of grand theft and embezzlement.

A court affidavit says she spent $17,000 of school finds to pay for tuition at École Bilingue de Berkeley, a private French language school.

The Bay Area News Group reports (http://bit.ly/1krdn2I ) that Waters previously pleaded guilty to embezzling from the Hartford financial and insurance company in 2009.

Despite the conviction, for which she served three years of probation and was fined $32,000, she continued in her $72,000-a-year job at the school.

Waters was free Friday on $75,000 bond.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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