Former Nash County Superintendent Used Credit Card System for $ 45,000 in Non-School Purchases, Audit Finds

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WNCN) – A report from the North Carolina State Auditor says a former Nash County school principal spent more than $ 45,000 on purchases that were not intended for school.

The report says Superintendent Shelton Jefferies violated his contract and several policies before resign in August 2019.

Jefferies improperly used his school-issued credit card on more than $ 22,000 in unauthorized purchases, according to the audit.

He also used his school vehicle for personal travel and spent over $ 19,000 on unauthorized travel expenses.

The auditor says the school board should ask Jefferies to reimburse them for these expenses, which the district says they plan to do.

A school district lawyer says they plan to get the money back and released a statement detailing changes made by the system since the incident.

As part of these changes, the current Nash County superintendent does not have a school-issued credit card or vehicle.

Another change is to reduce the individual transaction limit for acquisition cards from $ 75,000 to
$ 1,000 and reducing the monthly spending limit from $ 75,000 or $ 100,000 to $ 5,000 per month.

here is a link to the full report.

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