Thursday, August 15, 2013
Allen ISD speaks out about arrest of former financial director
Scott Weber was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing money from the school district.
ALLEN Allen ISD has released a statement on the arrest of its former finance director Scott Weber.
Weber was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing money from the school district.
According to a statement from Allen ISD, district officials learned about a potential problem with Weber in March and hired an independent auditor to investigate. The school board received a final report from the auditor in May, and the district then contacted Allen police.
Weber was arrested by Mansfield police on a warrant from the Allen Police Department for theft between $1,500 and $20,000, a state jail felony that carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. An arrest warrant from July 26 alleges that an internal audit showed Weber embezzled $17,780 from Allen ISD and caused the district another $7,042 in losses for failing to seek reimbursement.
The warrant states the theft took place between July 2007 and April 2012, when Weber left to work at Mansfield ISD. Weber worked for Allen ISD for 11 years, starting as a school bookkeeper before being promoted to budget director, then finance director.
Weber was also charged with theft between $1,500 and $20,000 for allegedly misappropriating funds while working at Mansfield ISD. He posted a bond of $7,500 on both charges at the Mansfield jail.
An offense report from the Mansfield ISD Police Department about Weber is dated March 26, a week after he resigned as the district's finance director.
“Regardless of the outcome, this incident has led us to review all of our finance procedures and make changes if necessary,” Allen ISD Superintendent Ken Helvey said in a prepared statement. “As part of that review, the district hired a director of risk management on June 23 and also changed some of its oversight procedures.
“Allen ISD is a steward of more than $140 million in public funds and we take that responsibility very seriously,” he said. “For that reason, the district immediately investigated this incident, notified the proper authorities and pursued the appropriate legal action.”
School board president Louise Master also issued a statement.
“We were surprised and disappointed to learn that a former employee may have stolen public funds,” she said. “Once the problem was discovered, I feel that the school district took quick and appropriate action by hiring a forensic auditor to review records and transactions. Based on the findings of his report, the Board and school administration felt the appropriate action was to contact the Allen Police Department.”
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