Arizona Charter School Founders Indicted Over Fraud Scheme

Published: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 5:47am
Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 7:46am

Arizona’s attorney general has announced grand jury indictments against a charter school and two of its co-founders over an alleged fraud scheme. 

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the Goodyear-based Incito Schools, along with its two co-founders, committed fraud in 2016 and 2017.

The defendants are accused of falsifying pay stubs to the Maricopa County School Superintendent's Office in order to obtain grant funding, which was supposed to go to teachers at the school.

A website for the school says co-founders April Black and Amanda Jelleson have a combined 32 years in education.

They are being charged with five felonies including theft, conspiracy and forgery. The Attorney General's Office said the total loss in the case is more than half a million dollars.

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