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UPDATE | Former Logan County superintendent sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

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Published: Feb. 22, 2018 at 12:30 PM EST
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UPDATE 3/1/19 @ 11:50 p.m.

A former Logan County Schools superintendent will spend the next three and a half years in a federal prison, then face three years of supervised release.

Phyllis Doty was sentenced Friday morning after a jury found her guilty on an eight-count indictment from last August.

She was ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution, along with serving three years supervised release after serving the jail sentence.

The former superintendent was charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of federal funds and aggravated theft.

Investigators say Doty used money from the Logan County school board to purchase iPads and iPods, then sell them on eBay or give them to family members. She also used school funds to order wedding decorations.

Doty will self-report to federal prison by April 1.


UPDATE 8/31/18 @ 5:01 p.m.

The former superintendent and curriculum director for Logan County Public Schools has been convicted of federal fraud charges.

Our media partner WV MetroNews reports Phyllis Doty, 68, was found guilty on all counts Friday. She stole electronics, tens of thousands of dollars and used school money to order wedding decorations.

The indictment says Doty embezzled and misappropriated money from the Logan County Board of Education starting in September 2011. The documents state that once Doty learned of the investigation into the school funds in February 2017, she tried to conceal the fraud.

She was charged with two counts of wire fraud, two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds and one count of mail fraud. Those charges together have a combined maximum sentence of 80 years in federal prison.

UPDATE 2/22/18 @ 4:50 p.m.

The former superintendent and curriculum director for Logan County Public Schools faces federal charges following an indictment issued Thursday. She’s accused of stealing electronics, tens of thousands of dollars and using school money to order wedding decorations.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, 68-year-old Phyllis Doty faces two counts of wire fraud, two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds and one count of mail fraud. Those charges together have a combined maximum sentence of 80 years in federal prison.

The indictment says Doty embezzled and misappropriated money from the Logan County Board of Education starting in September 2011. Doty, without authorization, ordered hundreds of Apple devices, including iPads and iPods, using school money.

She allegedly stole at least 20 of those electronic devices, either selling them on eBay through a relative’s account or gave them family members as gifts. Both Doty and that family member were paid by purchasers who bought the stolen electronics online.

The indictment alleges from 2011 through December 2015, Doty defrauded Logan Schools out of more than $12,000 worth of Apple products.

The documents continue that once Doty learned of the investigation into the school funds in February 2017, she tried to conceal the fraud.

Furthermore, Doty is accused of using money from the Logan County Board of Education to purchase various wedding decorations for her son’s wedding in 2015.

The indictment lays out that school money was used to purchase 30 oval bread baskets, four beverage dispensers, two iron easels, and a mahogany-framed chalkboard, totaling $2069.90. The order form indicated that two staff members at the Ralph Willis Vocational School in Logan were to be shipped the goods, however, those staff members had no knowledge of the order.

Months later, another order was sent to a wedding and party supply company for urns, columns and pedestals totaling $4,833. 20 and that the items were to be shipped to Chapmanville Middle School to the music department.

“Funding at all levels of government including for our schools and school teachers is greatly challenged today. We know that by current headlines. There’s simply not enough dollars to pay for all of our priorities,” Stuart said in a news conference Thursday to announce the indictment. “But that challenge is made all the more difficult by public officials in positions of public responsibility who take dollars that are not theirs.”

Multiple agencies handled the years-long investigation, including the FBI and the West Virginia Legislature Commission on Special Investigations.


ORIGINAL STORY

A former Logan County Schools Superintendent has been indicted for several charges including wire fraud, theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and mail fraud.

According to the indictment, Phyllis Doty was defrauding the Logan County Board of Education from September 2011 to February 2017.

The indictment was filed Thursday with the Southern District of West Virginia.

Doty was employed by the Logan County Board of Education as the Curriculum Director from July 1998 to June 2013. She was the Superintendent from June 2013 to July 2016.

The indictment claims Doty was embezzling and misappropriating funds from the board by purchasing various items for personal use including Apple iPods and iPads, plus decorations, supplies and other items for her son's wedding.

It also says that beginning in September 2011, she was stealing Apple devices purchased by the board. It goes on to say that she stole at least two Apple devices and either sold them on eBay or gave them to family members.

The indictment states that in March 2015, Doty placed an order with a wedding and party supply company to be billed to the purchasing director at Logan County Board of Education. The order was for decorative urns, columns and pedestals totaling $4,833.20.

Doty resigned as Superintendent in August 2016. Around that time, the Commission on Special Investigations started looking into funding in Logan County.

Board members asked the auditor's office to look into records dating back to July 2013.