School employee charged after deputies say she stole her co-worker's personal information

Posted at 11:16 PM, Oct 03, 2017

A school employee was arrested after being accused of stealing a co-worker's personal information.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Michele Roe obtained the personal information and then used a school computer to try to apply for a Capital One Credit Card online.  

Roe is an assistant bookkeeper at Nina Harris ESE Center in Pinellas Park. Deputies believe she got the employee's personal information through school records. 

Investigators said in early April, the victim, 77, noticed something was wrong. 

According to deputies, authorities stopped the card from being mailed. 

In an emailed statement the district wrote:

"Pinellas County schools maintains policies and procedures to protect the personal information of employees. All employees with access to personnel databases receive training on privacy policies and practices. Due to the seriousness of the allegations in this case, Ms. Roe will not return to her school until a full administrative investigation is completed."

According to the district, Roe will not return to Nina Harris ESE Center or any other school until their investigation is finished and there is a decision. They said she does not and will not have access to employee information, during the investigation.

Roe started working at Nina Harris ESE Center in 2012, but has been employed by the district since 1998, according to the school system.

Deputies charged Roe with one count of fraudulent use of personal identification information.