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County schools chief indicted for theft

Maricopa County School Superintendent Sandra Dowling and four others were indicted on charges including theft, misuse of public funds and procurement fraud, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The indictment of Ms. Dowling follows an 11 month investigation by 20 detectives, and the superintendent and four others face 29 charges, according to a press release issued Nov. 20.
In late January, sheriff’s deputies searched the home and offices of Ms. Dowling, who is also the sole governing board member of the Regional School District for Maricopa County.
The district is composed of five regular schools and several alternative learning institutions for homeless or otherwise troubled children.
According to media reports, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors became aware of the school district’s mounting debt last summer and following attempts by county auditors to obtain district records were denied.

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