Liberty County, FL - A former Liberty County School Superintendent entered a not guilty plea today though her attorney.
51-year-old Gloria Uzzell is facing charges after opening a credit card in the school board's name without its knowledge, according to FDLE. They say she charged about 2,000 dollars for things like clothing, hotel stays, lingerie, and alcohol.
Her next case management date is September 9th.
August 5, 2013
Liberty County, FL - The Liberty County School Superintendent arrested for misconduct is set to appear in court today August 5, 2013.
Gloria Uzzell turned herself in back in July after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
The 51-year-old was arrested for grand theft, official misconduct and failing to disclose information in a public records request.
The FDLE says Uzzell opened a credit card in the school board's name without its knowlege.
Investigators also say she charged about $2,000 to the card for things like clothing, hotel stays, lingerie, and alcohol.
According to "The County Record," Uzzell's arraignment is set for 9 a.m. This morning in the Liberty County Courthouse.
By Garin Flowers
July 17, 2013
Amanda King had nothing but positive things to say about Gloria Uzzell who served as her vice principal at W.R. Tolar K-8 School in Bristol. Which is why she is shocked at new allegations.
Uzzell, now superintendent of schools in Liberty County, has been arrested for spending thousands of dollars on a school district credit card for personal use.
"I just can't believe it," King said.
"She set a great example for everybody and it astounds me of all of the things that I've heard about what happened."
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 51-year-old Uzzell turned herself in and was arrested for grand theft, official misconduct and failing to disclose information in a public records request.
The allegations go back to when Uzzell was first elected in November of 2012. The arrest report says she opened a School Board Visa credit card account without the consent of the school board.
Investigators believe she charged well over $2,000 to the card for things like clothing, hotel stays, lingerie, jewelry and alcohol.
They further say she tried to black out and alter certain money totals.
Governor Rick Scott suspended Uzzell from her duties. She has not commented, but community members are still reacting the the allegations.
"It's just kind of sad but that's what we got to deal with right now," said Raleigh Brinson, a Bristol resident.
"It wasn't the Ms. Gay (Uzell's nickname) that I knew coming up in school. She was a great role model, an awesome principal and vice principal, she was the best that was out there," Amanda King added.
Uzell bonded out of jail Wednesday afternoon.
Governor Scott has issued Executive Order 13-195, suspending Gloria Uzzell as Superintendent of Schools in Liberty County.
Attached is the Executive Order, and the Probable Cause affidavit.
WCTV will have more in the story tonight on WCTV Eyewitness News at 11.
Gloria Uzzell, the Liberty County School Superintendent, has turned herself in after she was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor.
Uzzell turned herself in around 12:45 eastern time.
Uzzell is charged with grand theft (felony), official misconduct (felony), and withholding public record.
Her charges come after an investigation by State Attorney Willie Meggs.
In June, Uzzell, a 1979 graduate of Liberty High School in Bristol, came under fire for running up 12,000 dollars on a school district credit card.
Board Chairman Kyle Peddie brought attention to the records of Uzzell's expenses at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Peddie says he recently learned Uzzell got the ten-thousand dollar limit credit card from a local bank.
But since taking office in January, Uzzell has racked up more than 12,000 on that card, with mounting interest and fees.
DoubleTree Bills - $3,144
Hyatt Regency Bill - $1,097
Dillard's - $1,015
The Loft, Tallahassee - $710
Stein Mart- $341
Her priciest charges include multiple hotel stays in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, racking up more than three thousand dollars on two Double-Tree stays, as well as a thousand dollar shopping spree at Pier Park.
Uzzell also used the credit card for minor expenses like an exercise video and super cuts.
She calls several charges a mix-up, saying she wasn't wearing her eye glasses and mistook the school district credit card for her personal credit card.