Former School Chief Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LUBBOCK, Texas - A former West Texas school superintendent has pleaded guilty to mail fraud after he was accused of embezzling more than $13,000 in federal funds.

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana says former Ira school district Superintendent Larry Gene Devitt entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Lubbock. Saldana says Devitt agreed to surrender his educator certification as part of the plea deal.

Prosecutors alleged the 64-year-old Devitt used school district credit cards and vendors for his personal benefit and ordered district staff to pay $13,438 in bills through checks from district accounts.

Devitt faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date wasn't set.

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