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Police Investigating Misused Money at Floyd Co. Schools
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Police Investigating Misused Money at Floyd Co. Schools

ROME, GA (WXIA) -- Police are investigating thousands of dollars in misused money discovered by the Floyd County Board of Education.

Spokesman Tim Hensley says employees were performing a review of their purchasing system as they prepared to switch to a new one when they found "questionable purchasing practices."

At that point, Hensley says they contacted the Floyd County Police Department and the District Attorney's Office.

"We just know that it's not a small amount. It's gonna be in the thousands that we're talking about," said Hensley.

Police say computers, electronics, and a mini refrigerator were some of the items purchased with money meant to go toward the education of Floyd County students.

"Not only are we looking under every rock to find all that has been misused, but also looking at the way we're doing things to make sure that we can upgrade our policies and procedures to ensure these things don't happen again," said Hensley

Major Mark Wallace with the Floyd County Police says the investigation could go back as far as 2011.

"Right now we're still in the infant stage of it. We've made some interviews and we still have some interviews to go, and just a mountain of paperwork we have to shuffle through," said Wallace.

Police would not release how many people may have been involved, and said it was too early in the investigation to determine how much money was misused.

Hensley says they have brought in Periscope Holdings, national company, to help them going forward.

"What's important for our community to know is that every dollar is vital to the education of our children and we're working hard to make sure that we're spending in the best way that we can to benefit children and impact our mission, which is destination graduation for every child."

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