Lee County school worker indicted in theft of school property

April 25, 2012

Education, Legal Affairs

A Lee County School District employee has been indicted on two counts of embezzlement related to an air conditioner and pickup truck allegedly stolen form the school district.

Authorities arrested Randy Thweatt on April 17 at the Lee County School District office. A grand jury has since indicted him, according to the State Auditor’s Office, whose agents made the earlier arrest.

The arrests came after agents served a search warrant that turned up a 2006 Ford Ranger and York air conditioning unit belonging to Lee County School District.

Agents seized the air conditioning unit seized at a mobile home owned by Thweatt in Oktibbeha County, and seized the vehicle in Lee County.

Thweatt is free on bond until his arraignment set for July 25.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering said more arrests come could. “This is one of several cases the State Auditor’s Office is working involving school district employees allegedly embezzling,” he said. “Taking resources out of the classroom and away from our students will not be tolerated, especially during tough economic times when school districts are already facing budget cuts.”

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