Meridian woman arrested on grand theft charge

September 18, 2013 

Racehlle Lynette Graefe

— Rachelle Lynette Graefe, 43, is accused of stealing $35,000 from a personal financial account she had been managing for another person.

The Boise Police Department said Graefe used the money without authorization for her own use. Graefe, a first-grade teacher at Silver Sage Elementary School in Meridian, had been under investigation since April, when police were contacted by a person who accused her of stealing the money.

Lynn Hightower, a Boise Police Department spokeswoman, would not say what kind of relationship there was between Graefe and the victim. She just said they knew each other.

Graefe took personal leave days from the Meridian School District on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Eric Exline, district spokesman. She is not on administrative leave because the alleged crime does not involve harm to children, he said.

Graefe was arraigned Tuesday in Fourth District Ada County Court. The judge set bond at $25,000, which Graefe later posted.

The judge also signed a no-contact order, which prohibits Graefe from contacting the victim.

A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 2.

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