Sacto 9-1-1
September 27, 2012
Foothill school employee arrested for taking students' money

santana.JPGFoothill High School employee Margo Santana was arrested Wednesday night on 20 counts of obtaining money on false pretenses and one count of practicing medicine without a medical certificate after she charged students for athletic physical exams she was not authorized to conduct.

Twin Rivers Unified School District's police department investigated the allegations against Santana last month, with Assistant Superintendent Tom Janis saying at the time that the district was taking the matter seriously as "it could endanger the lives of students."

Sports physicals are required for student athletes and must be completed by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. At the time of the allegations, Santana was a health assistant at Foothill High School, a job that requires CPR and first aid certifications and a high school diploma.

Janis did not return a phone call Thursday. The Bee was unable to determine whether Santana is still employed by the district. The health assistant position at Foothill High School is currently being advertised online.

Santana was accused of signing the physical form of students after giving an examination that was limited in scope and charging $20.

Janis said last month that parents were notified and students were given refunds.

Santana is scheduled to appear in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. 62. Court records show Santana was previously charged with battery in 2007.

Santana is the daughter of the late Bishop Johnny Sample and sister of Pastor Jason Sample, who lost in the June primary in the Sacramento City Council race.

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