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Former Gary school official ordered to repay schools after audit

Updated: June 18, 2013 8:25AM



A state audit has ordered a former extracurricular treasurer at Roosevelt and Lew Wallace high schools in Gary to repay nearly $6,000 in funds that were never deposited between 2010 and 2013.

Darrellyn Wilson was extracurricular treasurer at Roosevelt between July 2010 and June 2012, then she served in the same capacity at Lew Wallace from July 2012 until January of this year. The amount Wilson deposited at the bank did not line up with the deposit ticket. During her time at Roosevelt about $5,018 in collections weren’t deposited, while the discrepancy was $68 in the case of Lew Wallace.

The audit also noted problems in terms of ticket sales for events. A ticket sales report was presented for audit, but corresponding receipts and deposits were not. Thus, $745.80 in ticket sales was unaccounted for from two girls basketball games, a scary movie night, a sock hop and a football game at Roosevelt. At Lew Wallace, $113 in ticket sales from two volleyball games was not located.

The state also asked Wilson to repay $4,265.75 in auditing costs that it incurred.

It is not known whether Wilson was fired or resigned from her position after state auditors met with Wilson and school officials on Jan. 24.

The report was forwarded to the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and the Lake County Prosecutor’s office. As of Thursday afternoon, no charges had been filed against Wilson.

Wilson denied any wrongdoing in her response to the state, stating she doesn’t know how the discrepancies came about. She said she was hospitalized four times in 2012 and thought the records were correct each time she returned.

Wilson said she returned $125 per each senior that didn’t make the grades to graduate and would have to take supplemental courses, at the behest of then-principal Phyllis Hammond, and she thought she had recorded the refunds but she was not sure.

The Gary Community School Corp. did hold a $100,000 public official bond for Wilson, dating back to Sept. 3, 2010.



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