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FOUR WAYNE SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES TOOK THOUSANDS IN PUBLIC MONIES
(JULY 29, 2014)  FOUR FORMER WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES TOOK MORE THAN 319 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PUBLIC MONEY FROM SCHOOL ACCOUNTS.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE STATE COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE, AUDITORS DISCOVERED DISCREPANCIES DURING AN ANNUAL AUDIT AND AN INVESTIGATION BEGAN IN CONJUCTION WITH THE T-B-I, F-B-I AND I-R-S. INVESTIGATORS CONFIRMED THAT THE FORMER GRANTS COORDINATOR AND THREE FORMER BOOKKEEPERS RECEIVED MORE THAN 183 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNAUTHORIZED PAYROLL PAYMENTS AND CLASSIFIED THEM TO TEACHER SALARY ACCOUNT CODES.  AUTHORITIES ALSO UNCOVERED PERSONAL PURCHASES ON THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT'S WALMART CREDIT CARDS.  THESE PURCHASES INCLUDED 77 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GIFT CARDS AND 58 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GROCERIES AND PERSONAL ITEMS.  THE CARDS WERE ASSIGNED TO THE FORMER GENERAL PURPOSE SCHOOL FUND BOOKKEEPER.  SCHOOL LEADERS INDICATE THAT THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED NEW CHECKS AND BALANCES TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE.  FOR THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION REPORT, VISIT THE WEBSITE COMPTROLLER.TN.GOV.