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Charges have been dismissed against a woman accused of stealing money from the Rockridge School District.

Angela D. Strong, 52, of Illinois City, initially was charged with two counts of theft, according to county court records. Authorities contended that in June and July of 2018, Strong took more than $500 from the district with the intent to permanently deprive the district of the money.

Thursday, she appeared before Judge Carol M. Pentuic, who told her the charges had been dismissed, but could still be refiled. The judge did not say why the case against Strong had been dropped.

On Monday, the school district issued its a news release concerning the theft. According to the release, auditors reviewing the district’s finances found suspicious entries in school activity accounts for which Strong was responsible.

When questioned by district officials, Strong admitted to them that she had taken the money over a two-year period for her personal use, the release said.

The release did not provide the total amount believed to have been taken, but it did say Strong had repaid the district $8,000. More than $7,000 was still missing as of Monday, according to the release.

Strong resigned in August, the release stated. The district also said it has since increased the security measures for its accounts.

 Rock Island County State's Attorney Patricia Castro and Vincent Lopez, the attorney who represented Strong on Thursday, had not yet responded to requests for comment as of Thursday afternoon.

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