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IOW school district investigated for alleged embezzlement

Published 3:47pm Friday, January 4, 2013

SMITHFIELD—The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday was asked to investigate an alleged case of embezzlement at the school district, according to the department’s daily log.

Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Kristin Wilda said Friday the case remained under investigation.

“We have no information to release at this time,” Wilda said.

School district spokesperson Kenita Bowers was instructed by Superintendent Katrise Perera not to comment.

“We cannot comment because it is a personnel matter and it’s being investigated by the sheriff’s department,” Bowers said.

If charges are filed, the information will be made public, she said.

When contacted, Hardy District School Board Member Herb DeGroft said he knew nothing about the investigation, but planned to look into it.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Atilla

    My, my, my I am not nor was I defending any administrator just simply trying to point out that unless you are part of the system that you may not have all of the facts. Yes, there are rules, but many employees welcomed the members concerns and had things taken care of with little to no problems. To the person that had/has a problem with the former member – I ask this – did you ever have any interaction with that member or are you working off of the feelings of someone that has an ax to grind? Bottom line – we all will have to wait until the investigation is completed and hopefully the situation will not arise again. We should all be concerned about the present and the future of our school system, not always living in the past. Allow the new administration to do their jobs and not be part of the problem. I will close these remarks by asking another question – How many of the negative remarks makers have ever been to a school board meeting and openly aired their concerns?

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    • BlindSquirrel

      Very well stated….and there were no “negative remark makers” at last nights meeting.

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  • SlimPickens

    Well tomorrow is one full week since this story broke so we can safely add at least 2-3 days to the timeline since any wrongdoing was SUSPECTED. That being said we are say 8-9 days into any sort of investigation and not heard nary a peep about what has or has not been found. No $$ amount, no reason why this is even suspect, if anything has been discovered this far into the investigation, no nothing. Am I unreasonable because I expect to hear something by now? PLEASE NOTE: No accusations, no hateful implications included in this comment, nor was any in my first, simply questions.

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  • Atilla

    I too am concerned about the investigation, however making hateful remarks about a current employee & a former board member is so out of place for this topic. There was no rule that forbids a board member from keeping his ears or eyes open to find waste & point it out. Some people will never be happy no matter what someone accomplishes at no cost to the taxpayers. Now with that said let the proper authorities investigate & when the time comes the public will know what was going on & who ask for the investigation.

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    • jeronimo

      Board members should keep their eyes and ears open, but not try to run the day to day operations of the school division, especially a department. And there are actually policies that guide the interaction of board members with employees as well as guide their visits to schools. The former and current IOWCS board members disregard these policies at will – I have friends who live in fear when a board member approaches them because the board member will give them “orders” and they don’t know what to do because they aren’t supposed to take orders from the board.
      And as for no cost to taxpayers .. still waiting to hear what ever happened to the money they were going to try to recover when the board cancelled a major contract for timekeeping systems midstream. A system that would have handled time keeping AND building access in one system .. but the administrator you are defending pushed for a system that only does access and BOOM taxpayer money wasted!!!!!

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  • SlimPickens

    As a taxpayer in IOW County I personally feel like we the people are entitled to know WTF is going on, how much $$ we are talking about and how this was discovered. Don’t name names or implicate anyone but doggone it that is OUR money. Sounds like I am in the minority though. All you folks will just let government take take take and never demand accountability from anyone. What a waste of a once great Nation.

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    • BlindSquirrel

      Key word is alleged.Do you think that maybe an investigation is/was needed to determine the $$ amount….if any. As I said in my previous post, the facts will be made public when the investigation is done.

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  • skooch

    If we investigated every news outlet that purposefully and falsely misled the public we wouldn’t have any mainstream media left at all. That happens every night on all the evening news programs and every day all day on cable news.

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  • buddy86

    Hmmm…well if the school district can’t comment and there aren’t any facts, how is this a story? I say lets wait until the investigation is done at least.

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    • IOW CITIZEN

      That is my point exactly. It seems to me that the newspaper reporter was in such a rush to be 1st to print “the news” that she actually ended up printing “INCOMPLETE NEWS.” I call that “IRRESPONSIBLE REPORTING” and perhaps she and her editor should be investigated for purposefully and falsely misleading the public. Sad that we actually allow these folks to report in our communities. WE DESERVE BETTER. I am starting to think that the truly overpaid folks here are the reporters.

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  • IOW CITIZEN

    People – let the truly qualified investigators handle this situation. You all arguing over and commenting on incomplete information is a waste of time and energy. I applaud IWCS for not leaking information until the investigation is completed. Shame on the newspaper and the reporter for running a story with no facts or details. The local newspapers have a responsibility in reporting FACTUAL news and WE have to hold them accountable, too.

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  • jeronimo

    And what’s going on with their websites??? the WHS is blank .. apparently hacked days ago but its not important enough to fix???
    Read anything posted on the division site and you can see tons of grammatical errors and typos. Guess when you can’t “borrow” ideas or writings from other people to post you are left to show you real abilities.

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    • IOW CITIZEN

      Jeronimo – if you are going to critique IWCS websites for grammatical concerns, I would hope that your submitted information would be free of errors, too. Unfortunately, you are like many people today … a hypocrite.

      If I remember correctly, “Geronimo” was a prominent Native American leader but was never formally educated – so I guess we should over look your errors.

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      • BlindSquirrel

        So true IOW Citizen. Jeronimo, like so many others, is quick to post negative comments. But, also like so many others, will not come forward with any proof of their allegations. Jeronimo actually sounds like a disgruntled IWCS employee.

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      • jeronimo

        I can acknowledge that I made a typo.. not grammar errors as highly paid, educated employees responsible for that content are. And in today’s world you don’t have to use traditional spelling when selecting a name.
        And by the way..even a “blind squirrel” could find a disgruntled employee in the school district right now (I am not one though)..what’s harder is finding the truly happy ones.
        finally…
        The newspaper did report the facts ..the facts available at the time. Taxpayers deserve to know if something in the govt is being questioned when it is being questioned. Similarly, the schools have the right to say no comment.

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  • jeronimo

    When the facts come out – if they do – people will see what is really happening in good ole’ IOWCS schools. This is nothing more than a witchhunt to distract people from the real problems they have going on in their main offices.
    People are being paid to do jobs that other people are having to do for them – that’s the only embezzlement going on .. stealing taxpayer money to keep people on the payroll who are not qualified to do their own jobs.
    Why a need to hire outside management for maintenance? Allegedly to increase savings through energy conservation .. they have been talking to that bumbling idiot in charge of maintenance about it for 3 years at least and he can’t figure out how to put a light bulb in let alone run a department. Perhaps now that a certain former board member is no longer standing 24-7 watch over that department (a violation of the duties of SB board members by the way) people are finally seeing that paying over $100K to someone is a waste of money.

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    • BlindSquirrel

      If things are as you say, and there are people not qualified to do the job they are being paid for, why not bring your evidence to the School Boards attention. They have a meeting this coming Thursday and I am sure they would like to know who you are referring to.

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      • jeronimo

        The school board and the superintendent hired these people or “reappointed” them when they added so many jobs to the school board office … Do you really think they are going to publicly admit they messed up???
        No… That’s why they keep shifting job duties to other people so the public doesn’t see how useless the administrators really are.
        Not to mention when you have a school board back a superintendent who so obviously plagiarized letters and other documents I have zero faith in their ability to do the right thing. It’s all flash and dazzle in iowcs schools now .. Forget substance

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  • johnhenry

    Mistake number 1: Someone may have committed a crime. Mistake number 2: The Supt. should have called in the state police for the investigation not the local sheriff’s department for a numbers of good reasons.

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    • BlindSquirrel

      What if the Supt. did not ask for the investigation? As I said in my previous post, the facts will be made public when the investigation is done.

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  • BlindSquirrel

    No named suspect or details?

    Not unusual with this type of investigation. No need for speculations at this point, the facts will be made public when the investigation is done.

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  • RoyDeSoto

    No named suspect or details?

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