2 former Beaumont school district employees indicted in embezzlement investigation

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BEAUMONT, Texas — A former supervisor for a Southeast Texas school district has been accused of hiring his wife and a friend in a payroll scam.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted three ex-employees of the Beaumont Independent School District. Daryl Glenn Johnson, Erin Gipson Johnson and Kailyn DeShondra Pete are charged with conspiracy and fraud upon programs receiving federal funds.

Prosecutors say Daryl Johnson since 2009 was the district's warehouse supervisor. He allegedly put his wife and a friend on the payroll as temporary employees and approved their bogus timesheets. Erin Johnson received nearly $194,000. Pete was paid $90,000.

No publicly listed phone numbers for the Johnsons or Pete could immediately be located Thursday. Prosecutors say the three suspects were not immediately arrested. Attorneys for them did not immediately return messages.

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