SCPS fraud case not heard by grand jury

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District expects it to be heard next month

By Ashley Sutter

Last month, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof disclosed to The Sentinel News, that he had evidence that indicated embezzlement of a portion of the school’s budget by now former Payroll Manager Benita Anglin.

And at that time he was confident that the case would be heard by the Shelby County Grand Jury this month, but it appears that it has been pushed back.

Despite his confidence, Anglin’s name was not on the docket this past Wednesday.

SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said that the decision to postpone the case was not made by the school district or board, but he believed it was a decision of the Commonwealth Attorney’s office.

The case was not moved because of a lack of evidence, however.

Neihof explained that, as he understood it, the case was not presented because Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell had not received all of the information she needed from the KSP.

He said he now believes the case should go before the Grand Jury on July 16.

In her 15 years with SCPS, Anglin served as an account clerk and a payroll manager and had access to the school system’s payroll software MUNIS. Throughout that time, Anglin became a statewide expert on school district payroll through MUNIS.

Her job responsibilities included but were not limited to: processing payroll, making payroll-related corrections and adjustments, maintaining records of earnings, filing payroll records, preparing W-2’s, assisting in the review of payroll systems and recommending improvements, computing deductions, and calculating garnishments.

After receiving an inquiry from the district’s bank, Neihof said personnel investigated and found evidence that indicated Anglin had manipulated the software and embezzled money from the school system’s substitute teacher budget.

After a six-day internal investigation the information was handed over to the Kentucky State Police.

Jason Propes with the KSP West Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations Branch led a further investigation and on May 15, Propes informed Neihof that the investigation was being handed over to Donnell.

Neither Propes nor Donnell were available to comment on the investigation.

The Shelby County Board of Education has since employed an auditor to ensure all the embezzlement has been discovered.

Anglin, who is no longer employed by SCPS, resigned from her role as a payroll manager on April 28, just 18 days after she was suspended with pay during the pending investigation.

While SCPS Director of Finance Greg Murphy, was Anglin’s direct supervisor, Neihof never clarified how Anglin’s work was checked.

“That’s a whole issue we’re working on now,” he said.

Neihof did say there are considerable internal controls, but noted that they needed to be enhanced.