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Ex-Apache Junction school superintendent indicted for theft

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 15:56:02-04

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona grand jury has indicted the former superintendent of the Apache Junction Unified School District for theft and misuse of public monies.

State prosecutors say 49-year-old Chad Wilson is accused of awarding school administrators more than $133,000 in unauthorized compensation.

An investigation was conducted by the Office of the Auditor General about Wilson's tenure as a school district superintendent in Apache Junction from 2009 to 2017.

Wilson reportedly awarded various school administrators performance pay, professional development instruction pay and athletic attendance pay without informing the district's governing board and obtaining approval.

Wilson is accused of approving these payments during a time when the school district was experiencing financial difficulties and cutting school programs to maintain operations.

It was unclear Tuesday if Wilson has a lawyer yet.