Allegations of embezzlement probed in Boone County schools

By Chris Lawrence in News
MADISON, W.Va. — West Virginia State Police confirm an active investigation is underway into allegations of embezzlement in the Boone County School System. Troopers say there are indications the activity surrounded funds managed in the county’s school transportation system.

“It’s a significant amount of money involved here and involved making purchases for personal reasons,” said Lt. Mike Baylous of the West Virginia State Police. “It appears there’s more than one person involved.”

Troopers executed a search warrant on Wednesday at the Foster bus garage in Boone County. Baylous would not reveal if any evidence was seized in the investigation. He did indicate however the money involved is sizeable.

“Not a specific amount, but let’s just say it’s in the thousands of dollars,” he said. “We believe it’s been going on for a few years.”

Troopers have been interviewing potential witnesses and potential suspects this week. There is no timeline on when charges could be filed.

“We expect to have some success here and close this case, but we don’t have a timeline on that,” he said. “We don’t know how many arrests to expect, but we believe there may be some forthcoming.”