Nearly $900K returned to Beaumont schools after finance scam sends 2 ex-workers to prison


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BEAUMONT, Texas — Nearly $900,00 stolen from a Southeast Texas school district by two finance employees has been returned as part of their punishment.

The Beaumont Independent School District received the funds as partial repayment by Devin McCraney and Sharika Allison.

Prosecutors on Friday announced the restitution as part of nearly $4 million owed by the pair in the fraud and wire-transfer scam.

McCraney last April pleaded guilty to fraud upon programs receiving federal funds. The district's former finance director was sentenced in September to nearly six years in prison.

Allison, who formerly was comptroller at Beaumont ISD, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud upon programs receiving federal funds. She received nearly four years behind bars.

The Texas Education Agency last year took over the district, which has nearly 21,000 students.

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