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Former Logan Superintendent Indicted in Fraud Scheme

Former Logan Superintendent Indicted in Fraud Scheme

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Former Logan County Schools Superintendent Phyllis Doty has been indicted in an alleged fraud scheme with the Logan County Board of Education.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said a federal grand jury for indicted Doty on charges after a joint investigation with the GBI and West Virginia Legislature Commission on Special Investigations.

“The numbers as alleged in the indictment are not massive in scale, but corruption in any amount, the theft of precious taxpayer dollars, violations of the public trust by public officials is a true cancer to society,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. 

“There is no such thing as a little bit of public corruption. We will not tolerate it. Standing in defiance of public corruption is a fundamental priority for this United States Attorney and the United States of America,” continued Stuart.

U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the investigative work of the FBI and the West Virginia Legislature Commission on Special Investigations and Assistant United States Attorney Gabriele Wohl for handling the prosecution.

The indictment alleges that Doty, who retired from Logan County Schools in 2016, stole more than $12,000 in electronic devices purchased by the Logan County Board of Education and used public funds to decorate and supply her son's August 2015 wedding. 

Stuart says the scheme began in 2011 when the Logan County Board of Education regularly purchased Apple iPods and iPads for Logan County Schools staff. Between 2011 and 2015, Doty is alleged to have stolen at least 20 of these devices, and either sold them on eBay for profit, or gave them to family members as gifts. Doty directed the purchase of the devices or purchased them herself, and then sold them online or gave them away to her family.

According to the indictment, the scheme included ordering over $6,500 in wedding supplies with Logan County Board of Education money. These items included bread baskets, easels, drink dispensers, columns, and decorative urns. Doty claimed that these items were requested by Logan County teachers, however, the teachers knew nothing of these orders and the items mostly remained in boxes until they were used for the wedding. It is further alleged that Doty gave some of these items away to the wedding planner following the wedding.

The indictment also accuses Doty of covering up her scheme once an investigation into suspicious spending became public. It is alleged that the cover-up occurred by Doty attempting to convince a Logan County Board of Education staff member that she had permission to take iPods purchased by the Logan County Board of Education.

The indictment charges Doty with two counts of wire fraud, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison for each count; two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison for each count; and one count of mail fraud, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison.


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