Woman pleads guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 from Azleway Children’s Services

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A Troup woman pleaded guilty Friday morning to stealing nearly $200,000 from a children’s nonprofit over a period of three years.

Toni Marie Rambo, 54, was the Director of Quality Control at Azleway Children’s Service and oversaw weekly cash allowances to children who lived there. The children would receive a certain amount of money for good behavior and for performing jobs. The Azleway staff would provide Rambo with allowance sheets detailing what each child had earned.

Rambo pleaded guilty to altering the sheets that showed an increase in the amounts distributed, but keeping the extra money for herself.

For example, according to documents obtained by KETK News, on September 15, 2016, an allowance sheet showed that a child resident had earned $7. Rambo is alleged to have added $75 to that amount for a total of $82. The documents say she kept the $75 and gave $7 to the resident.

The documents alleged that, using this system, Rambo misappropriated $48,049 in 2015, $53,546 in 2016, $42,969 in 2017, and $26,437 in 2018.

The thefts were discovered by a forensic accounting analysis, according to the arrest documents. Azleway is a faith-based 501c3 nonprofit that provides foster care and adoption services and substance abuse programs in Texas.

Rambo faces up to 5-99 years in prison for the crime. Her sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 12 in the 114th District Court in front of Judge Kennedy.

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