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Former Monroe principal jailed

A former principal in the Monroe County school system has been jailed for mishandling funds. The full release from MCSO public information officer Allison Selman-Willis follows: After a two-month long investigation, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is charging former K.B. Sutton principal Joseph Parlier with six felony counts of Theft by Deception and six felony counts of False Statements in Writing. The Monroe County Schools, through its annual audit process, became aware of the possibility that the former principal may have mishandled public funds intended to support and benefit the children of Monroe County Schools. Mr. Anthony Pack, school superintendent, cooperated with the State Department of Audits and notified the Professional Standards Commission of a possible ethics violation. Immediately upon learning of the criminal nature of the incident, the Superintendent and the Board of Education referred the matter to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for investigation. The Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation involving allegations of fraudulent employee expense statements submitted for payment over a time period of approximately two years. The felony charges stem from approximately $6,100.00 in fraudulent items claimed on travel vouchers and subsequent payments made to Parlier with reimbursement checks from the Monroe County School System. Parlier turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, November 22, 2011. He posted $15,000 bond and was released.

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