2 school officials accused of stealing millions

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:02 AM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two top officials of a Southeast Texas school district have been indicted on charges accusing them of stealing more than $4 million from the district.

Devin Wayne McCraney is the Beaumont Independent School District's finance director, and Sharika Baksh Allison is the district's comptroller. The 19-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Beaumont on Wednesday names both in a single conspiracy count and 18 fraud counts.

The indictment alleges they schemed to embezzle millions from the district by making 18 wire transfers to bank accounts under their personal control. If convicted, both face up to 10 years in prison.

Both are on administrative leave. A call by The Associated Press to McCraney's home went unanswered Wednesday evening. The telephone listed at Allison's home has been disconnected.

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